CBI Court Censures WB Govt Official for Non-appearance
The Special Court for CBI Cases in Chennai has passed strictures against A K Singh, an officer of the West Bengal government, a prosecution witness in a criminal case registered in 2001, for not appearing before it despite repeated summons, reminders and a bailable warrant.
“You are a responsible officer as Assistant Government Examiner of Questioned Documents at Kolkata. You know very well what is court proceedings and the rules and regulations regarding non-appearance of witness before the court of law. You have totally ignored the witness summons and deliberately failed to appear before this court even after executing a bail bond at the time of executing a bailable warrant by the CBI Officials. This court has been very liberal in giving adjournments for your appearance as a witness. But you did not care about this court’s orders,” observed the Sessions Court for CBI Cases Relating to Banks and Financial Institutions here on Wednesday.
Therefore, left with no other option, the judge said he was issuing a notice under Sections 350 and 87 of the CrPC asking why he should not be punished and posted the matter for February 26.
The judge noted that after receipt of bailable warrant from this court, the CBI executed the same and obtained bail bond from the officer, who was released on the promise that he would appear before this Court on February 10, 2012 without fail for cross-examination. In default of which, he would be liable for prosecution and will pay a fine of `2,000, which was also acknowledged by him. He, however, failed to appear before the court on that date and the trial suffered inordinate delay, the judge bemoaned.
After going through the memo filed by the Public Prosecutor in the case, the judge said that the CBI’s contention was a reasonable one and admissible in the eye of law. There was reason to believe that the officer might abscond or would not obey the court order.
Therefore, the court, instead of issuing summons, is issuing a non-bailable warrant against him.