A public interest litigation has been filed against an additional public prosecutor for being absent during court hearings to allegedly help an accused go scot-free in a case related to the misuse of sonography machines.
Appearing for petitioner, Prakash Pise, advocate VP Patil argued before the Bombay high court that the additional public prosecutor of Solapur sessions court was continuously absent to help the accused get a discharge from the case. Patil also contended that the government pleader was hand-in-glove in the matter by not filing an appeal in this regard.
Although Patil sought time to get back to the court on details regarding the offences registered against the accused, a division bench of justice SA Bobde and justice Mridula Bhatkar took serious note of this and directed public prosecutor PA Pol to reply on what action the state is proposing to take in this matter.
“They are appointed to protect the interest of justice. Prosecutors can’t remain absent like this,” the court said.
“If they remain absent like this, what will happen to the system,” the court observed.
Patil had reproduced the judgement of the Solapur sessions court which had observed that in spite of calling the additional public prosecutor on various occasions, he remained absent. No application for adjournment was made, the judgement also noted.
Pise has now sought for action to be taken against the officials by the principal secretary (Law and Order). Pise, who is an advocate and social worker, has also sought for restraining the officials from continuing with their work before the concerned court.