NEW DELHI: Hours after the Supreme Court shifted the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case trial out of Bihar to a Delhi court, it also hauled up CBI’s former interim director M Nageshwar Rao (pic) for contempt.
When the Supreme Court had handed over the case to the CBI, it had specifically instructed that the probe team be left undisturbed. At that point, the agency had assigned joint director A K Sharma to the case.
Yet, when the feud between the then CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana spilled out into the open and Rao was made interim director, he transferred Sharma along with others out of Delhi without seeking the court’s approval.A furious Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, heading a three-member bench, on Thursday asked Rao and S Bhasuram, in-charge Director of Prosecution, CBI, to personally appear to explain their position.
“You have played with our orders. God help you. How can he be transferred by the Centre when the Supreme Court said he must not be shifted?” Justice Gogoi asked. The court was further piqued, as its order not to transfer Sharma was apparently not passed onto the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
Earlier in the day, the bench assigned the Muzaffarpur case trial to a POCSO court in Saket, Delhi, adding it must commence within two weeks and be wrapped up within six months.
‘Enough is enough’
“Why you did not obtain leave of this court as per earlier orders? It is a fit case for contempt. Enough is enough. We intend to deal with it,” the SC said