CBI’s Nageswara Rao Guilty Of Contempt; Top Court’s Unusual ‘Punishment’

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M Nagswara Rao had ordered the transfer of an officer probing the Bihar shelter home case.

New Delhi:

M Nageswara Rao, one of the top officers at the Central Bureau of Investigation, was found guilty of contempt for ordering the transfer of an officer supervising the case involving the sexual abuse of children at Bihar's government-run shelter homes by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. "It's not an error. It's wilful disobedience," a livid Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, also finding the CBI's Director of Prosecution S Bhasu Ram, guilty of contempt.

Rejecting their apology, the judges fined the officers Rs 1 lakh and asked them to sit in court till it rises for the day.

Mr Rao, who had taken the decisions during his tenure as the agency's interim chief, had apologised to the top court on Monday, saying that he cannot even "dream" of violating its orders.

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In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the officer said he accepts his mistake of not seeking permission before transferring the officer probing the Muzaffarpur shelter homes case.

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