The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Ranchi, on Thursday sentenced inspector general (IG) of police Nirmal Choudhary to 15 days' simple imprisonment for intimidating a judicial member of CAT in 2008.
A division bench sentenced Nirmal Choudhary, IG (Vigilance), Jharkhand State Electricity Board, in contempt proceedings initiated against her.
The bench also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on each of the eight bodyguards who had joined Nirmal Choudhary - who is the wife of the Indian cricket team's manager for the coming West Indies tour, Amitabh Choudhary, also an IPS officer - in manhandling the judge.
On February 21, 2008, Nirmal Choudhary and her bodyguards had created a ruckus at the Khukri guesthouse in Ranchi town and misbehaved with justice BV Rao, who had arrived from Bangalore on an official visit and was staying in the guesthouse as a state guest.
Nirmal Choudhary had gone to the guesthouse in the evening and directed her bodyguards to bring the judge from his room for interrogation, as she suspected he was from the underworld.
Complying with her order, the bodyguards dragged the judge out of his room and the IG manhandled him for hiding facts about himself. Justice Rao's luggage was also searched.
By the time Nirmal Choudhary realised her mistake, justice Rao had taken umbrage at the police officials' behaviour.
He reported the matter to the Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand high court. The Supreme Court directed CAT, Ranchi, to conduct a trial.
Choudhary was not present in court when it passed the verdict. The CAT registrar general relayed the court order to state DGP GS Rath on phone.