24 November, 2020

‘Fall In Line, Or Else...’

The government’s message to the lower judiciary

Dismissed In ‘Public Interest’
Gwal goes by the book and pays the price
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
‘Fall In Line, Or Else...’
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2016-04-15T19:14:15+05:30
  • The Sack: On April 1, Prabhakar Gwal was dismissed from his post as additional chief judicial magistrate in Raipur.
  • The Provocation: A toll-plaza contractor, whom Gwal had complained against, accused the judicial officer of physical assault.
  • The backstory: Gwal has a long history of taking on powerful persons connected with the ruling party in the state.

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For the legal fraternity in Chhattisgarh, All Fools Day came with a piece of very unfunny news. An “upright but eccentric” judicial officer had been dismissed from service, ostensibly in the pursuit of “public interest”. Prabhakar Gwal was just four months into his stint as additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) in state capital Raipur when the marching orders arr­ived following a recommendation of the high court. Even though he confirmed the news, court registrar Arvind Chandel ref­uses to even reveal whether Gwal was served a show-cause notice...

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