Don’t Annoy the Judge
S.K. Pandey, the retired high court judge appointed by the Madhya Pradesh government to probe the October 2016 killing of eight SIMI members in a police encounter after a jailbreak, reportedly resigned only to be persuaded by officials to return to work. Justice Pandey was reportedly frustrated that the government was dragging its feet over his requests for funds to enable the panel to do its job. He supposedly stormed out of his room at the Circuit House with his belongings, having already called a cab. Senior officials pleaded with him to calm down. Justice Pandey has denied the reports that he resigned. The government, which had given him three months to finish the probe, has now given an extension of six months.