The Allahabad High Court has issued a show-cause notice to a judge of the special CBI court at Ghaziabad for not setting free from jail an undertrial for more than a month, even after allowing her bail plea, under “the pretext of verification of bail bonds”. A division bench comprising Justices Tarun Agarwala and Rajul Kumar issued notice to Anil Kumar Jha, Special Judge, Prevention of Corruption, CBI and directed the District Judge of Ghaziabad to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within six weeks. The court, in the May 31 order, has also asked Jha “why disciplinary action should not be initiated against him and why compensation, if awarded to the petitioner, should not be recovered from his salary”.
The order came on a petition of Kavita, a resident of Jyotiba Phule Nagar, who has been named as one of the accused in a bank fraud case which is being probed by the CBI. The bail plea of the petitioner, who is a widow and a resident of Jyotiba Phule Nagar district, was allowed on April 20. “She has prayed that she should be given compensation for illegal detention and that damages should also be paid”, her counsel Aseem Kumar Rai said.The court remarked “the incident appears to be a bizarre one touching the conduct of the court below” and directed the CBI to file its counter affidavit in the matter by the next date of hearing on July 18.