The Bihar Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to Director General of Police Abhayanand and Nawada Superintendent of Police Lallan Mohan Prasad taking cognisance of newspaper reports about the police’s failure to execute a warrant.

The reports highlighted that Nawada Police had not acted upon an arrest warrant against station house officer Vidhyanchal Prasad for the past three months. The police then reportedly raided the house of the journalist who brought the story to light.

“The chain of incidents, if true, reveals a concerted attempt on the part of Nawada Police to undermine not only the dignity of the individual referred to in the first news item but also the dignity and primacy of the judiciary. More disturbing is the fact that there is an attempt to muzzle the Press for reporting the matter and bringing it in the public domain. The action ex facie deserves to be deprecated and disapproved as being violative of the right of free speech and expression and, also, right to information which are facets of human rights,” the notice states.

The Commission has sought a reply in two weeks. The notice was issued by Commission chairperson Justice S.N. Jha.