Stating that there was a “suspicious odour in his chambers and the courtroom”, the district and sessions judge at Moga, G S Bakshi, has written to the Moga police, saying he suspected it to be “an intentional act of his own employees”.
The chambers are located at the district court complex in Moga. In the letter, which police received on June 16, the judge has stated that the odour had been present for four days prior to the complaint and had left him “nauseated, uneasy and uncomfortable”.
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He has added he believed that one of his own employees may be spraying a harmful liquid with the intention to make him unwell.
The Moga police, however, are yet to find anything suspicious. Moga CIA incharge Prem Singh, probing the case, told The Indian Express that so far the investigations have only found phenol, used to mop the floor, to be the source of the smell.
He confirmed having received the written complaint on June 16. “We have recorded the statements of the employees in court and so far, a staff member has admitted to mopping the floor with a disinfectant. The judge may have felt uneasy after inhaling it. The windows of the room are also not opened often which may have caused suffocation. Nothing suspicious, however, has been found till now,” Prem Singh said.
Sources in the Moga police said that despite repeated visits by police teams to the judge’s chambers and the court-room, nothing suspicious was found. Rajeshwar Singh Sidhu, SP (D) Moga police, said: “The judge in his letter suspected someone spraying a liquid or chemical in his office to make him unwell, particularly his own employees.
The investigation is on”. Despite repeated attempts, judge Bakshi was not available for comment.