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Assault on judicial officer: Patna High Court takes suo motu cognizance, directs State to respond
The Patna High Court recently instituted suo motu proceedings over the assault upon a judicial officer during commute in his official vehicle.
Relying on a news report, the Patna High Court recently instituted suo motu proceedings over the assault of a judicial officer during commute in his official vehicle.
The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar also sought a response from the Advocate General in the matter.
The Advocate General submitted that a police case was registered for the offences of wrongful restraint, voluntary causing of hurt, provocation with the intent to disturb public peace, mischief, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation under sections 341, 323, 504, 427, 307, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
Contrary to media reportage, however, the judicial officer was not fired at when the assault took place, the Advocate General clarified in Court
The Advocate General also assured the Court that action would be taken against the assailants expeditiously.
Taking the State's submissions on record, the Patna High Court directed that the matter be listed on December 23, for orders. Additionally, the Court directed the Bihar Director General of Police to file an action taken report on affidavit before the next hearing.