The CBI has apologised to the Odisha high court chief justice and the concerned sitting judge in the matter pertaining to alleged attempt by its probe team to raid his residence. And, the judges concerned were kind enough to accept its unconditional apology.
There had been a mix-up as the sitting judge had shifted into the house of a former judge against whom it had intended the raid.
This is what the CBI Monday told the Supreme Court.
“The matter needs to be settled amicably and at the high court level”, said a division bench comprising of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan while posting the matter for further hearing after two weeks.
The CBI in its affidavit has said that they have sought permission from Orissa high court chief justice and the sitting judge to tender an unconditional apology for the unfortunate incident “who were kind enough to accept it”, the additional solicitor general, Tushar Mehta, told the bench.
However, the counsel appearing for Orissa high court bar association said that he has no information regarding any acceptance of apology.
“It is a matter between the judge and the CBI. Why are you concerned?” the bench asked the counsel.
The counsel, however, said that he needs to seek instructions in the wake of the development.
A CBI team had tried to enter into the official residence of a sitting judge of the Odisha high court. On the basis of information provided by a security guard posted at the residence of the judge, the Odisha police has filed a case under IPC sections 448 (house trespass), 353 (to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 511 (to commit a cognizable offence) and 34 (common intention) .