The Allahabad High Court Friday modified the order in which a CBI inquiry was ordered in connection with the alleged threat issued on behalf of the district administration to a civil judge in Bareilly.
The court said the matter be inquired by a higher agency of the state government.
The previous order was passed on July 11 by a division bench, headed by Justice Sudhir Agarwal, in connection with a petition filed by Azazul Haq and 11 others.
Their prayer was that the district administration was trying to take over their land under Bahedi tehsil of Bareilly district for construction of an educational institution, even though an injunction order had been passed by civil judge (junior division), Bahedi, Ankit Goel.
During the course of hearing, it had come to light that Goel was threatened by some people, including a Senior Sub-Inspector on May 31 and June 1, on behalf of senior administration officials asking him not to issue orders against the administration. The judge had sent a complaint letter to the high court in this regard.
Hearing Haq and others’ petition on Friday, a division bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta passed an order saying that the matter did not require an inquiry by the CBI. “The court has said that a higher agency of the state government may get an inquiry conducted into the matter. We will abide by the court’s order,” said Chief Standing Counsel, Ramesh Upadhyaya, who represented the state government in the matter.
The court has also asked the authorities to carry out an inquiry into the suspension of the SSI, which was ordered by the court in its earlier order, at the earliest.
The District Magistrate and the SSP of Bareilly were also ordered to be transferred outside the district in the previous order.
Upadhyaya said the DM had already been transferred as a matter of routine and that direction did not apply any more.
Upadhyaya added the matter had come up before the Chief Justice’s bench, as the previous order was passed by a vacation bench and was in the nature of an interim order.
Counsel for the petitioner, Ved Mani Sharma, said: “Our main prayer of allowing the injunction order passed by the Civil Judge regarding status quo on our land has been allowed by the court. But it has modified the order regarding a CBI inquiry into the matter.” A detailed order in the matter was, however, awaited.
It was alleged by the Civil Judge concerned that some persons had entered his house on May 31 and threatened him not to pass orders against the district administration. Next day, the SSI also came to his home and warned him against the same.