High Court raps Govt Pleader for casual work by his APPs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Apr 2018 09:30:53


Staff Reporting,

Deploring the tendency of Assistant Government Pleaders/Additional Prosecutors in not bothering to even file reply in time, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday gave a dressing down to Government Pleader and asked him to put his house in order.

The High Court was visibly angry when the anticipatory bail application of Omprakash alias Munna Yadav came up for hearing. Justice V M Deshpande had granted ten days time to file reply and on Wednesday granted 24 hours to file reply while expressing his displeasure over delay. However, even on Thursday, the reply was not filed before or during hearing. Worse, the concerned government lawyer was not present and his colleague APP requested the High Court to pass over the matter for some time.

A visibly unhappy Justice Deshpande then summoned GP Sumant Deopujari and pointed out this sorry state of affairs and sought to know whether he has any control over his office or not. He had to bear the brunt including a terse suggestion about giving up this responsibility, in consultation with the government. The Government Pleader was at receiving end for quite some time and expressed his sincere apology while promising immediate corrective steps.
Later, in its affidavit, the prosecution strongly opposed grant of bail to Munna Yadav citing his criminal antecedents. There are 10 cases pending against him and in one case the FIR has been quashed while nine cases are pending adjudication.

Munna Yadav had moved the High Court after the Sessions Court refused to grant anticipatory bail to him and his brother Bala Yadav. After the investigation of the case involving Munna Yadav and his arch rival Mangal Yadav, was handed over to Crime branch, the chargesheet was filed in which attempt to murder was dropped against Munna since the investigating machinery concluded that both sides tried to assault each other and there was an altercation over a petty reason. This had practically diluted gravity of entire matter. Munna is on the run since last week of October after Dhantoli Police clamped attempt to murder charge against him.

In his application, Munna claimed that no custodial interrogation was required now as even chargesheet had been filed and he was ready to co-operate with the investigation.
Senior Counsel Subodh Dharmadhikari, Adv Uday Dable and Adv Chinmay Dharmadhikari appeared for the applicant.