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CBI apologises, SC questions the way sitting judge was treated

New Delhi: Notwithstanding its apology, the Supreme Court today criticised the CBI for the manner in which it "treated" a sitting Orissa High Court judge during its attempted raid at his residence in connection with a case of alleged bribery in the name of judges.

The apex court made strong observations after the CBI said the agency has apologised to the Chief Justice of the high court as well as the concerned judge for the "mistake" and both have accepted the apology tendered by the agency.

"The only problem is the way the sitting judge was treated," a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said, adding "such mistakes are not expected from an agency like the CBI".

At the outset, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI, said the agency had sought appointment from the chief justice and the concerned judge of the Orissa High Court and tendered apology for the incident.

"It was a mistake," Mehta said and added that the apology was accepted by both the judges.

He said this matter should be rested in a dignified manner as senior officials of CBI had explained to the Chief Justice the circumstances under which the incident took place.

The issue had arisen after a CBI team had allegedly attempted to raid the official residence of the sitting judge in Cuttack on September 19-20 night this year.

A team of CBI officials had come looking for the house of a former judge of the high court. The sitting judge of the Orissa High Court had shifted at the former judge's residence.

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