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Cop gets contempt notice from HC

A deputy superintendent of police has been issued a contempt notice from the Bombay High Court on Tuesday for allegedly making derogatory remarks against a principal district judge, reports HT Correspondent.

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2010 01:27 IST

A deputy superintendent of police (DySP) has been issued a contempt notice from the Bombay High Court on Tuesday for allegedly making derogatory remarks against a principal district judge.

Principal district judge of Chandrapur, Swapna Joshi wrote to the HC that Deputy SP Chhering Dorje allegedly addressed her “badly” after a meeting on May 5, 2009.

The HC has issued a show cause notice to Dorje asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated. The court has directed Dorje to be present in court on February 23 and explain his statement.

Dorje was unavailable for comment.

The meeting — about non-bailable warrants pending in lower courts — was being held with senior police officers of the district according to an April 2008 HC directive.

Judge Joshi’s letter stated that Dorje told her that she should not have written to him asking him to attend the meeting. Quoting from the letter, the HC said: “He (Dorje) further said that the judiciary should respect police personnel and Chandrapur is the only district, where a Deputy SP is expected to remain present in a meeting.”

“It appears that Dorje has scant regard for the dignity of a principal district judge and the high court, because principal district judge was merely implementing HC order,” said Justice Ranjana Desai.

She added that there were many remarks, which Dorje needed to explain.

Dorje had skipped five out of 11 meetings. Judge Joshi wrote to him asking him to attend the next meeting on May 5, 2009.