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HC Bar demands judicial probe

.........CUTTACK: The HC Bar Association on Thursday filed a PIL seeking judicial inquiry into how a team of CBI sleuths showed up at the residence of a sitting judge of Orissa High Court on Tuesday night even as Commissionerate Police of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack began investigating into the matter. In the petition, the HC Bar association urged the HC to direct inquiry by a sitting judge or issue directions to the State Government for a similar inquiry, either by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or a sitting judge of the HC. The action of the CBI officials is not only deplorable but also a direct attack on the independence of the judiciary, the PIL said adding, it is essential to inquire the motive of the sleuths who wanted to search the residence of the HC judge.Secretary, High Court Bar Association Umesh Chandra Behura said, the PIL will be taken up for hearing on Friday. The Union Home Secretary, Director, CBI and Home Department of Odisha Government have been made parties in the PIL. Earlier, Cantonment Police recorded statements of the security personnel who were on duty at the residence of the Judge under Section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to gather more evidence.Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh also sought details of the CBI team which had mistaken the residence of the sitting judge as that of retired acting Chief Justice IM Quddusi. “In a letter to SP, CBI, Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police has sought details of the team including their name, address, contact number, place of posting etc,” Singh said.After getting the details from the CBI office, police will summon the CBI officials concerned or interrogate them at their office, Singh informed. Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association, which had strongly protested the CBI action, continued its cease-work for the second day. It will continue till Friday. “We have also convened an emergency meeting to chalk out our further course of action,” Behura added.

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