A bench consisting of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan quashed an FIR lodged against the officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) who had wrongly tried to enter the house of a sitting Orissa High Court Judge under mistaken identity to search the premises in connection with a medical admission scam, after the agency told the court that it had tendered unconditional apology of the Chief Justice of the High Court and the concerned Judge for the mistake and it was accepted by them.
The Odisha police had filed a case of trespass against the said team of CBI officials stating that they were trying to enter the house of the sitting Judge of the Orissa High Court on the night of September 19, 2017 to conduct a raid. The Judge they were looking for had vacated the premise after retirement seven years back. “It is submitted and reiterated that the whole in the intervening night of September 19-20 was unfortunate yet unintended, inadvertent and bona fide mistake during carrying out of the search warrant. The deponent, on behalf of the entire unit involved in the case, once again expresses an unqualified apology to the institution of the high court as also to the honourable judge, at the entrance of whose residence the team members reached under a bona fide mistake.”, the CBI stated in its affidavit.