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Contempt case: Jagatsinghpur SP seeks time to reply to Odisha HC

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 11:

Jagatsingpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Tuesday sought time from the Odisha High Court here to file a reply in the case pertaining to filing of an FIR by the police against the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Jagatsinghpur.

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Acting on a time petition filed by Jagatsinghpur SP Sudha Singh, a division bench of the court comprising of Chief Justice Amitava Roy and Justice Dr Akshay Kumar Rath on Tuesday fixed the next date of hearing in the matter for February 18.

The High Court had suo motu filed a contempt of court case in the matter. The Registrar of the High court had filed this case based on a report by the Jagatsinghpur district judge.

In its last hearing on February 3, the division bench of Chief Justice Amitava Roy and Justice Dr A K Rath had posted hearing on the reply of the Jagatsinghpur SP on a show cause notice asking her why contempt proceedings should not be initiated for February 10.

The court had issued the notice to the Jagatsinghpur police chief on a suo motu contempt case initiated by the registrar (judicial) on the basis of a report received from the District Judge Jagatsinghpur.

According to the case records, Sub-inspector Sabita Majhi  of Paradip police station had presented a juvenile accused before the CJM Jagatsinghpur at his residence on February 1 as it was a Sunday.

When she was asked by the CJM to sign some papers, including a bond for granting bail to the accused, she refused to to do so without the consent of her senior.

She lodged a complaint the same day against CJM Satyapriya Mishra at the Jagatsinghpur police station accusing him of making casteist remarks against her. Based on her complaint, a case was registered at the Jagatsinghpur police station.

As per statutory provisions, a clearance from a higher official of the judiciary is required before registering an FIR against any officer of the judiciary.

However, the Jagatsingpur police had taken no such approval before registering the FIR against the CJM.

The Jagatsingpur District judge had sought a reply from the Jagatsingpur SP in this regard.

On getting no response from the SP in the matter, the District Judge drew the attention of the High Court following which a contempt case was registered against the SP by the registrar (judicial) suo motu.