Use of phone in court by jailed ex-MLA: Cop suspended

Bhubaneswar: Four days after ex-MLA of Keonjhar Subarna Nayak was seen talking on his mobile phone for a long time within the premises of a court here, Bhubaneswar DCP suspended havildar Dibakar Sahu in connection with the case on Tuesday.

Police sources said the action was taken for dereliction of duty.

Sources added, administrative action is also being initiated against three other constables who are in the escort team of the former legislator along with Sahu.

After the matter came to light, twin-city Police Commissioner RP Sharma had said, “It is the responsibility of the officers on duty to produce the under trial prisoner (UTP) in the court in time and ensure no laxity in security. If any deviation is found, administrative action will be taken against members of the escort party or any officials directly or indirectly involved in it.”

Besides, ADG (Prisons) S Narwane, criticising the Commissionerate police had said that the concerned district police should take action against the erring officials.

“No prisoner is allowed to use mobile phones and the onus is on the escort party to check whether the former is facilitated with a phone by the family members or anybody else. If such cases come to notice, then concerned district police must take action against the erring officials. In case of any violation of the stipulated rules, the Commissionerate police may also take action against them,” Narwane said.

An accused in Nabadiganta chit fund scam and currently lodged in Jharpada jail, Nayak was to be produced before the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) in a routine court appearance on January 8. But before being produced in the court, Nayak was seen speaking on mobile phone for a long time.

The incident had raised about how a UTP could access a mobile phone and about security arrangements in court premises when UTPs are produced.