The Supreme Court took a stern view of M Nageswara Rao, one of the top officers at the Central Bureau of Investigation.
This after he was found guilty of contempt for ordering the transfer of an officer investigating the sexual abuse of children at Bihar’s government-run shelter homes by the Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice said that it is not an error but it is wilful disobedience.
Rejecting their apology, the judges fined the officers Rs. 1 lakh each and asked them to sit in the corner of the court till it rises for the day, in a rare form of punishment.
Rao, who had taken the decisions during his tenure as the agency’s interim chief, had apologised to the top court on Monday, saying that he cannot even “dream” of violating its orders.
In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the officer had said he accepts his mistake of not seeking permission before transferring the officer probing the Muzaffarpur shelter homes case.