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April 9, 2016

Judge Prabhakar Gwal who was known for tough action against bureaucrats-politicians' corruption nexus dismissed in Chhattisgarh

A chief judicial magistrate who was known for his integrity has been dismissed in Chhattisgarh.

Prabhakar Gwal, who was posted as chief judicial magistrate in Sukma, has been removed from service by state government.

Gwal had reputation of an upright judge who had become an eyesore for the powerful politicians and bureaucrats, as he took cognisance of corruption related complaints and took strong action.

Interestingly, the hight court had resolved that it does not appear reasonable to hold a departmental inquiry against Gwal. Hence, the law department 'decided' to dismiss the officer. Government didn't immediately cite reason for dismissal, later saying that it was done in 'jan-hit' (public interest).

However, now the magistrate has been dismissed. Gwal was known for his judgment in the PMT aper leak scandal case as several powerful persons including bureaucrats and politicians were involved in the nexus. He had  convicted many offenders and sentenced them to jail.

He had also ordered registration of case of fraud against Bilaspur transport department officials for corruption. Gwal had refused to accept the closure report that CBI filed in the case of suicide of IPS officer Rahul Sharma.

Besides, a district collector had asked him not to listen to complaints of citizens and an audio of the conversation had gone viral, leading to controversy and embarrassment for the state government.

The legal department of Chhattisgarh government has dismissed him. It is not clear that what led to the dimissal. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ledaer Sanket Thakur has said that the judge was threatened by a BJP legislator after which he (Gwal) was transferred and has now been dismissed.

AAP has condemned the action and has said that the act shows the anarchy in Chhattisgarh. The party has said that Gwal was upright and hence the state government didn't want a judge who took on the corrupt within the ruling party.

TIH Buraeu

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