The High Court of Uttarakhand by an order of the Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, has issued an Office Memorandum dated November 1, informing that the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Uttarkashi, against whom disciplinary proceeding is contemplated, has been put under suspension with immediate effect.
The Memorandum states that the employees of Collectorate/residents of the Colony at Uttarkashi, where the CJM resides with his family, vide their memorandum dated October 30, 2020 have informed that the CJM used to beat his family and others. He also abused the people residing nearby under the influence of alcohol.
The Memorandum explains further that the CJM has been put under suspension for the following charges:
“That on October 29 at 8:00 pm till 12:00 in the night, he beat his family and did abusing and made lot of ragging on the road. That in course of ragging, he damaged the official vehicles of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dunda and Tehsildar Bhatwari and broke glasses of vehicles. (SIC)”
“That when people residing nearby tried to stop him from breaking the glasses of vehicles, he abused them.”
“That in the night of October 29, the CJM beat his family members while he was intoxicated and abused them. He then came outside his house and when his son requested him to return, he used rough language with his son and people nearby.”
“That he attempted to ply official vehicle allotted to him while in inebriated condition and while doing so, placed the vehicle in the middle of the road and honked the hooter continuously.”
“That later on the CJM plied the official vehicle allotted to him to the parking of the colony and damaged other government vehicles parked there.”
The Memorandum further states that he shall remain attached with the District Judgeship’s headquarter Bageshwar and that he shall not leave the station without obtaining the prior permission of the Hon’ble Court.
The Office Memorandum states the violation of Rules 3(1) (maintaining absolute integrity and devotion to duty), 3(2) (proper conduct), 4A(d) (not appear in public intoxicated) 27 (misuse of amenities provided by the Government) of the Uttarakhand Government Servant Conduct Rules 2002, which amounts to misconduct.
During the period of his suspension, he shall also get half of his salary payable on the date of suspension as subsistence allowances along with dearness allowance, in accordance with provisions of subsidiary rule 53 of F.H.B. Part-2 to 4 and Government Orders issued on this behalf from time to time.
SabrangIndia had reported on a recent incident of a Civil Judge being dismissed from service in October by a full bench resolution of the Uttarakhand High Court and on the recommendation of the State Government for allegedly torturing her minor domestic help in Haridwar.
The Office Memorandum may be read here: