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Watch: Judge ‘slaps’ cop in Dehradun, Uttarakhand police seek permission to prosecute

A purported video of the incident, shot earlier this week by a police official, went viral on social media.

dehradun Updated: Sep 14, 2017 13:50 IST
Anupam Trivedi
Anupam Trivedi
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Uttarakhand,Dehradun,Judge slaps cop
Judge Jaya Pathak allegedly slapping a policeman.(Anupam Trivedi/HT Photo)

Uttarakhand police have sought permission from the Allahabad high court to prosecute a lower-court judge who allegedly misbehaved with personnel and even slapped a cop on duty.

Superintendent of police (city) Pradeep Rai told Hindustan Times on Thursday that state police had written to the registrar general of the Allahabad high court for permission to lodge a complaint against Jaya Pathak, 48-year-old principal judge in Uttar Pradesh.

A purported video of the incident, shot earlier this week by a police official, went viral on social media. Police have attached the video as evidence with the letter.

“The judge behaved like a common man, unnecessarily abused cops, manhandled them and obstructed government work” the official communication read, a copy is which is with Hindustan Times. The judge couldn’t be contacted for a comment.

Rai said “police will lodge case against the judge once the registrar general gives nod”. As per law, sanction is mandatory from the competent authority to lodge a complaint and probe a government official.

Judge Jaya Pathak with her son at the Premnagar police station. ( Anupam TrivediHT Photo )

Pathak had come to the Premnagar police station on September 12 with her son who is enrolled in University of Petroleum and Energy Studies. Police say they brought the students to the police station after they clashed first on Monday and again on Tuesday.

In a video that went viral on social media, Jaya Pathak is purportedly seen slapping a cop while others asking her to behave.

“Are you a judge? Will you do this to us?” a police official is seen shouting at the judge. “Why is he recording me” she allegedly retorts in the 30-second clip.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 11:31 IST