CBI men turn up past midnight at judge’s house with search warrant and wrong address

The CBI men claimed they had the warrant to search the house but the judge’s security personnel stalled them.

Published: 20th September 2017 10:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st September 2017 12:41 AM   |  A+A-

CBI main office in New Delhi | PTI

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) landed in a spot after a team of its sleuths showed up at the residence of a sitting judge of the Orissa High Court (HC) in Cuttack late Tuesday night.

The CBI men claimed they had the warrant to search the house but the judge’s security personnel stalled them. The posse of four or five officials were insistent and just then a PCR van reached the spot. The CBI officers apparently told the local policemen that they had a warrant to search the residence of retired acting chief justice IM Quddushi.

It was pointed out that they were at the wrong place.

The PCR van took the CBI team to the Cantonment Police Station where their identity was checked and were allowed to go. The incident occurred between 1.30 am and 2.30 am.

When the matter came to light in the morning, the High Court Bar Association reacted angrily and convened an emergency meeting following which lawyers abstained from work as a mark of protest. The cease-work will continue till noon Thursday.

While the incident left the Bar Association fuming, the home guard who was on security duty at the judge’s house filed a formal complaint with Cantonment Police Station on Wednesday morning on the basis of which a case was registered against one P K Mishra, an inspector-rank officer of CBI and three or four others.

Later, Odisha director-general of police R P Sharma and police commissioner Y B Khurania met chief justice Vineet Saran and briefed him about the issue.

Dr Sharma told New Indian Express that a detailed inquiry would be conducted into the matter. A case has been registered under Sections 448, 353, 511 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

However, there was no reaction from the central investigative agency.

Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association passed a resolution seeking a fair, proper and impartial investigation into the matter by an independent agency. The meeting, chaired by vice-president Kali Prasanna Mishra, resolved that a request would be made to all bar associations of Cuttack to support the resolution.

The association’s general body will meet on Thursday to decide the next course of action.

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