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Supreme Court: Demanding money as illegal gratification is ‘unacceptable’

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Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

Published On: January 08, 2022 at 20:15 IST

The Apex Court stated that demanding money as an illegal indulgence while working in the Courts is not acceptable and the high standards are applicable not only to Judges but everyone employed there.

The Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar observed this while modifying the Punishment given to the man, posted in Bihar Court who had demanded Rs.50,000 for the discharge of the Accused in the Case.

The Counsel appearing the Appellant that the man in his 24 years of service this was first allegation against him and he had admitted his guilt.

The Apex Court hearing the Plea put forth by the man opposing the Order dated January 2020 by the Division Bench of the Patna High Court which had quashed his Plea against the Single Judge Bench Verdict.

The Single Judge Bench had refuted from interfering with the punishment imposed upon the Appellant, who was primarily posted in the office of presiding officer of the Court in Aurangabad.

The Counsel appearing for the Appellant sought for the restoration of the service of the Appellant, to which the Bench responded “There is no question of reinstatement. Working in the Court and demanding money is unacceptable. Dismissal from service is a type of penalty for him.”

After observing the arguments of both the parties and keeping in view the pat service record of the man, the Bench modified the punishment of the dismissal to removal so that the Appellant will be able to explore more avenues of other employment options.

The District and Sessions Judge after the submissions of both the enquiry reports Ordered the dismissal from service with the immediate effect.