SC summons Nageswara Rao for contempt of court

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Coming down heavily on CBI, the Supreme Court on Thursday summoned M Nageswara Rao , former interim director of CBI, and other officers over the transfer of A K Sharma, Joint Director, who was probing the Bihar shelter home cases, calling it a contempt of court. The court has asked Rao and others to be present on February 12 and directed the agency to identify officers who were involved in the transfer of Sharma. Sharma’s tenure in CBI was curtailed and he was moved out as ADGP CRPF on January 17 2019.

“We are going to take it very very seriously. You have played with order of Supreme Court of India. God help you. Never play with the Supreme Court’s order,” said the Chief Justice after the CBI counsel informed the court that two officials including M Nageswara Rao were involved in transferring Sharma.

The top court also blasted the Bihar government. “Enough is enough. Children cannot be treated like this. You cannot let your officers treat children this way. Spare the children.” The plight of the Bihar shelter homes was exposed in a report of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). According to an FIR in the case, the TISS put 17 shelter homes in Bihar under the category of ‘Grave Concerns’.

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