Judges are not ‘caged parrots’: Delhi court

‘While dealing with cases of corruption, it will be appropriate and wise to pass orders which send a strong message to the society that judges do not work as caged parrots and the judiciary in this country works freely without fear or pressure,’ Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma said.

The court observed this while dismissing the plea of NGO, Delhi Pradesh Social Progress Society (DPSPS), holding that the petition was ‘devoid of merit’ and that in the present case charges have already been framed against the accused persons.

‘The other apprehension of the applicant that since Pawan Kumar Bansal has been cited as a witness by CBI, it is with malafide intention is also devoid of merit since I have already observed that courts do not work as post office of CBI or any prosecuting agency,’ said the court.

The court has ordered on 7 March to frame the charges on the prima-facie evidence against Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla, suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar and others.

The CBI had said that Singla was the main person whose influence was to be used to get a Railway Board Member appointed to a post seen as lucrative, while naming Bansal and other 90, as prosecution witness. The plea was pending for disposal since 30 November last year.
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