CHIEF JUSTICE of the Allahabad High Court Justice Ajoy Nath Ray had a narrow escape when his vehicle was attacked by a mob, which had put up a road blockade, near village Mehadipur in Barabanki district on Saturday. Though the CJ, who was traveling to Varanasi from Lucknow, escaped unhurt, his vehicle was badly damaged. Later, the CJ cancelled his onward journey and returned to Lucknow.
On returning to Lucknow, the CJ summoned senior police officers. Additional DG (law and order) Padman Singh rushed to Justice Ray’s residence to tender apology for the incident.
In a prompt reaction to the incident, SO, Loni Katra, Anil Kumar Shahi and a cop inthe CJ’s escort were suspended.
The State Government also constituted a two-member panel to probe whether there was any slackness in the CJ’s security.