SC: Adverse Remarks by the HC Challenged in the Apex Court by an IAS Officer

Harshita Sharma

Published on: July 16, 2022 at 17:32 IST

An IAS officer from Karnataka Cadre named J. Manjunath was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Bureau for a bribery case. He decided to approach the Supreme Court against the remarks passed by Justice HP Sandesh of the Karnataka High Court.

The Petitioner is the former Bengaluru Deputy Urban Commissioner who was arrested after expository remarks were made by Justice Sandesh during the hearing of the bribery case against the petitioner.

The State of Karnataka has previously filed Special Leave Petitions against several orders passed by Justice Sandesh. Justice Sandesh had stated orally that the ADGP was a powerful individual, and that a High Court judge had given him an example of another judge being transferred for making similar interventions.

 Justice Sandesh made these oral remarks after expressing his displeasure with the investigation into a case involving the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru (Urban). The judge had previously ordered the ACB to produce all closure reports filed since its inception. The proceedings are still ongoing in the present case.

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