Delhi Standing Counsel Rahul Mehra denies consent for initiation of contempt proceedings against CBI officer who allegedly hit a prosecutor

A CBI officer had supposedly hit a public prosecutor, in this case consent for initiation of criminal contempt against this officer was refused by the Standing Counsel in Delhi, Rahul Mehra. Mehra has stated that this particular case was denied for criminal contempt under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. By way of representation a request for sanction was made under the Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 by Advocate Amit Sahni. The CBI officer in question is Raghavendra Vats, DIG, CBI as he had allegedly punched and strangulated a CBI prosecutor inside the headquarters for CBI themselves. Due to this action Advocate Amit Sahni tried to start a criminal contempt proceeding against the officer. This was seen as a deliberate act of obstruction of justice. The said action of punching and strangulation took place over a delay in charges in a corruption case against the former Secretary to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. It was Rahul Mehra’s opinion that under 2(c) of the said Act, the representations made by Sahni about the said case did no add up to Criminal contempt. Appropriate authorities had already started action act various levels. The CBI officer was called upon by the Trial Court in person. The CBI had also set up an enquiry to find the facts. Looking at all these reasons and facts, Rahul Mehra denied the request for initiation of Criminal Contempt against the CBI officer. 


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