😲 HC Judge threatened with transfer

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Karnataka High Court judge HP Sandesh alleged that he was threatened with a transfer after he pulled up the additional general of police (ADGP) of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). 

Story so far: Former Bengaluru Urban tehsildar Mahesh PS was reportedly caught accepting a bribe of β‚Ή5 lakh in May 2021. He claimed that he was accepting the bribe on the instruction of IAS officer DC J Manjunath who was subsequently arrested by the ACB. In its previous hearing, the high court pulled up the ACB and termed it a β€˜centre of corruption.’ Additionally, he criticised the ACB for their failure to provide the appointment records of the other accused official, Chetan. 

  • Justice Sandesh was told by a fellow judge that he could be transferred for his remarks against the ACB, in response to which the judge said, β€œYour ACB ADGP seems to be a powerful person. I will record the threat of transfer in the order.”
  • The HC judge also stated that this threat extends to a threat to the independence of a judiciary. Furthermore, he expressed that he is not afraid of losing his position in the court and stressed on the issue of corruption infecting the state. 

A bold move: By addressing the threat in open court Justice Sandesh has highlighted the problem of, in his words, β€˜Vitamin M’ (money) and the extent to which it causes corruption. He reiterated that he is solely affiliated with the ideals of the Indian Constitution and not a political party or ideology. 

  • He upheld the court’s integrity by adding, β€œThe black coat is not for the protection of the corrupt.”

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