Amit Shah, Chief Justice's Conincident Temple Visit Creates Chaos, 3 Cops Pay

Amit Shah, Chief Justice

Amit Shah, Chief Justice's Conincident Temple Visit Creates Chaos, 3 Cops Pay (file image)

New Delhi: Ranjan Gogoi, the Chief Justice and his wife were forced to wait at Assam's famous Kamakhya temple during a visit that coincided with that of Amit Shah, the BJP president and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The CJI reportedly expressed his displeasure to police officers over the temple's crowd management on an important day - the ashtami of Durga Puja.

Following the incident, three senior officials stand suspended for "misbehavior and protocol and security lapses" that caused inconvenience to Chief Justice Gogoi.

Among the three, additional deputy commissioner Pulak Mahanta, has been accused of "referring to the Chief Justice in a disrespectful manner while looking at his approaching VVIP car before a Guard of Honour," according to a government note.

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 Bhanwar Lal Meena, the Deputy Commissioner of Police and an additional deputy commissioner, Prasanta Pratim Kathkotiya, were suspended for "lapses in security arrangements".

Debabrata Saikia, the senior Congress leader accused the state's BJP government of "sycophancy". He alleged that the top judge was kept waiting outside the temple "while political personalities were being entertained inside."

As per the reports, it has been suggested that the famous temple was opened for about three hours that day because of Durga Puja, and the crowds surged for access in that limited time.  Also a large number of people had come to see the BJP chief, and the commotion forced the Chief Justice to wait.

The leader of Opposition in the Assam assembly, Mr Saikia,  said the incident had exposed a desperate attempt by BJP leaders to please their "political masters".

"Misplaced priorities" have resulted in a police officer being made scapegoat, he charged.

Mr Saika also pointed out that in protocol, the Chief Justice held precedence over any political personality, but the state government had messed up. The Congress leader demanded that the suspended officers be reinstated.

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