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Tripura HC punishes judge for drunken driving, withholds increments

A local court judge from Tripura has been punished for drunken driving, the High Court said in a notification today. “After a thorough investigation, the full court of the Tripura high court led by Chief
India TV News Desk Agartala January 23, 2017 19:43 IST
India TV News Desk

A local court judge from Tripura has been punished for drunken driving, the High Court said in a notification today.

“After a thorough investigation, the full court of the Tripura high court led by Chief Justice T Vaiphei has decided to withhold two increments of salaries of Motom Debbarma for driving his private vehicle recklessly and dangerously in a drunken condition on the midnight of June 6, 2014,” the notification said.

The notification, issued by the High Court’s registrar general Satya Gopal Chattopadhyay said that Debbarma, the then civil judge-cum-judicial magistrate (first class) in Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district and now sub-divisional judicial magistrate-cum-civil judge in Kanchanpur in north Tripura district, has confessed to his guilt.

A HC official said that after the drunken driving incident, the judge was arrested and was in police custody for about 10 hours.

He said that Debbarma did not inform about the incident and his subsequent arrest by police to the higher authorities and that he also violated rules.