The Allahabad High Court has ordered a fact-finding inquiry into the allegations of molestation against an additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) in Gonda, made by two girls who had appeared before him for recording their statements on Monday.
Sources said Justice Sudhir Agarwal, the high court’s administrative judge for Gonda, has asked district judge Umesh Singh to get an inquiry conducted and submit a report by Saturday. The Bar Association of Gonda district court has decided to boycott the court of the ACJM. Gonda Bar Association president Ravi Chandra Tripathi said the lawyers met the district judge and handed over a memorandum over the incident. He said the district judge informed them that he had ordered an inquiry by Special Judge (EC Act) Sant Ram.
“The lawyers asked that the inquiry be completed by January 28 and if found guilty the magistrate be terminated from service,” said Tripathi, adding that the lawyers will hold a meeting on January 28 to decide their future course. Until then, they till not work in the court of the accused ACJM.
Navneet Kumar Rana, SP of Gonda, had written to the district judge yesterday after the two girls complained to him, alleging that the magistrate had molested them. He said both girls were produced before the ACJM separately to record their statements. Both girls had allegedly been kidnapped and two separate cases of kidnapping were lodged at Kotwali and Khodare police stations.