PATNA: In a further crackdown on corruption, 12 more officials from Patna civil court were suspended on Thursday on bribery charges, taking the total number to 16 in the past two days.
This followed after they all were caught on camera allegedly taking bribes to facilitate shifting of prisoners and under-trials to their choice jails and managing dates for hearing or appearance in the court.
The action was taken by the district and sessions judge, Patna, Krishnakant Tripathi who also announced to dismiss the suspended officials if they were found guilty during inquiry which is already in progress by the order of the Patna High Court.
“While 16 employees have been suspended, the High Court has directed all the district judges to maintain strict vigil against unscrupulous elements, take prompt action and report it to the HC,” Patna High Court registrar general BB Pathak told the media on Friday.
The development followed following instruction from the chief justice of Patna High Court justice Rajendra Menon.
Reports said the court hurriedly took cognizance of the bribe case against its staffs after later were allegedly caught taking bribes in a sting operation conducted by a TV news channel and asked the authorities to suspend the employees in question with immediate effect.
The High Court administration also ordered for a probe into the matter and asked the Patna district court to submit the report soon.
“A court is a temple of justice and we will not tolerate any corruption in the premises of the court. People come here with great expectations for justice and we will not let them down,” Patna district judge Justice Tripathi has said.