Day after being served ‘capital punishment’, Bihar judge says he doesn’t fear death
PATNA: A judge from Bihar who was served death threats after he awarded capital punishment to five Maoist rebels has refused to be cowed down and declared to follow the path of justice come what may.
“Nothing can prevent me from following the path of justice. A court pronounces its verdict on the basis of evidences and witnesses,” Munger district court judge Jyoti Swarup Srivastava was quoted as saying in the local media today, reacting to Maoists’ threats to eliminate him.
He refused to take his murder threats seriously saying the death of every individual is certain.
“Why should I fear death when everyone has to die some day? I can’t be cowed down by death threats,” the judge added.
However, the state administration while taking these threats seriously has beefed up security around him and also strengthened security at his official residence.
The rebels handed down “death penalty” to him after he awarded death sentence to their five colleagues on Thursday holding them guilty for killing two CRPF jawans during the last 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The rebels took this decision after holding a ‘Jun Adalat’ (people’s court) on Friday, a local media reported today quoting a spokesperson of Bihar-Jharkhand Zonal Committee Laljit Koda.
The rebels have also given a call for two-day bandh (shutdown) on May 28 and 29 in eastern Bihar to protest the death sentence given to their colleagues.
As per reports, a police team had gone on patrolling in the Jamui LS constituency during the 2014 polls when their vehicle was attacked by rebels.
Subsequently, two jawans died in the incident while seven others sustained injuries.