Patna: Three judicial officers in Bihar were dismissed from service Saturday after a Patna High Court inquiry conclusive proved they had indulged in 'undesirable activities' in a Nepal hotel a year ago.
Nepali daily 'Udgosh' had flagged in a report on January 29 last year that a police raid in Biratnagar's Metro hotel found these officers in 'indecent positions' with several Nepali women.
The paper reported these men had been held on January 26 and then released. Following the report, Union Home Ministry deputy secretary S.M. Kandwal wrote to the Patna High Court's registrar general asking for a probe in the matter.
Two detailed inquiries were then conducted, first by Purnea district and sessions judge Sanjay Kumar and then by an agency of the Home Ministry.
The high court's seven-judge committee on February 5 this year recommended the three lower court judges be dismissed.
The higher court's meeting presided by chief justice Rekha Manohar Doshit approved the dismissals on Saturday.
The three judicial officers are Nawada sub-judge Komal Ram, who was the judicial magistrate in Araria at the time of the alleged incident, Ara additional district and sessions judge Jitendra Nath Singh and Muzaffarpur family court’s principal judge Hari Nivas Gupta, who held these positions at that time.
A high court official said mobile phone records of the three judicial officers and other evidence proved they were guilty as charged. The three dismissed officials will not get their salaries and pension, he added, though they had denied any involvement in the alleged incident.
Last month, district judge of Jehanabad Ajay Kumar Srivastava was compulsorily retired by a full court of the HC for charges of indecent activities against him.