SC: Bureaucrats not above law

The Supreme Court today doesn’t show indulgence in an issue of contempt against top CRPF officials. It directed the Centre to obey a Gauhati High Court order saying that bureaucrats are not above the law. The top court asked the Director General of CRPF to be personally present before the high court, which has initiated a contempt proceeding against some top officials of the paramilitary force.
The court said a DIG-level officer would remain present before the high court. It had directed personal appearance of the top CRPF official in a matter in which the court had ordered replacement of a constable whose service was terminated in June 2007 after a disciplinary proceeding.
A bench of justices R K Agrawal and S K Kaul said "Bureaucrats are not above the law. Why have you (Centre) come at the last moment? You go and appear there. We will not stay it. One officer has to go there. You choose that one officer”.
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