Two judges in Madhya Pradesh, one of them facing criminal charges, have been suspended, a top MP high court official said on Sunday. Special judge of Sidhi, OP Sunariya and Additional District Judge of Raheli in Sagar district SS Parmar, have been suspended with immediate effect, he said.
Sunariya was suspended for awarding only three-month jail term to an accused in a rape case instead of the minimum punishment of seven years in prison, HC Principal Registrar (Inspection and Vigilance) KD Khan said.
Parmar has been suspended as he is one of 32 accused named in a chargesheet filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police in Jhansi district court in a criminal case, he added.
The HC took the decision to suspend the duo at a meeting held recently. The suspension order has been served on them, Khan said.
A departmental enquiry would soon be initiated against Sunariya. On the other hand, there was no need to hold a probe against Parmar as, according to service rules, it is mandatory to suspend a staffer whose name figures in a chargesheet in a criminal case. Sunariya has been shifted to Rewa district court and Parmar to Gwalior district court during the suspension period.