SC seeks end to unruly behaviour by politicians with judges

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Taking serious note of the assault on and humiliation of the judicial officers in the subordinate courts by criminal-turned-politicians, the Supreme Court has made it clear that it will not allow the subordinate judiciary in the country especially in Bihar to be let down.

A bench comprising Justices B N Aggarwal, G S Singhvi and Aftab Alam made the observation yesterday while fixing the petition of two Bihar Police Constables for hearing on October 17 challenging their conviction and sentence by Patna High Court for contempt of court.

Sunil Pandey, an MLA of ruling JD(U) in Bihar who has a criminal background, had misbehaved with an Additional Sessions Judge when he was produced in custody in a drunken state.

According to the state, Pandey was not drunk when he left the prison, but he was badly drunk when he was produced in the court, meaning thereby that the two constables, who brought him from jail to the court must have permitted him to drink when he was on his way to the court.

The two constables were sentenced to one-month imprisonment by the High Court on the basis of the report submitted by the concerned judicial officer to Patna High Court.

Pandey is presently serving life sentence in a murder case and several criminal cases are still pending against him.

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