August,8,2015: Supreme Court judge Dipak Mishra who handled Yakub Memon's case has received a threat letter at his residence.
Subsequently, security has been beefed up outside the judge's residence.
In the hand-written letter, the senders warned the judge that he would not be spared as "we have already arrived in the city".
Vijay Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), said the letter was detected by a security officer near the gates of the judge's residence on Wednesday night.
Security has been tightened for the Supreme Court judge Dipak Misra, who headed the three-judge Bench that dismissed the final appeal of the Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon to postpone his execution.
“We have reached the city. You will not be spared even if you increase your security,” said the letter found in a brown envelope. “The letter was detected by a patrolling guard beside the back gates of the judge’s residence on Wednesday night,” Vijay Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, said here on Friday. At a high-level meeting, the Union Home Ministry decided to scale up the security of the judges who heard the case to “Z-plus” category, the highest scale of protection. Police officers said the letter was unlikely to be a prank. As it was found just near the house, the police suspect that its senders are well aware of the location.
Police say threat to Judge is of a serious nature.
Senior police officers have visited the residence of the Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra to oversee security arrangements after finding a threat letter near the back gates of the house.
The Judge had headed the three-judge Bench that dismissed the final appeal of the Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon to postpone his execution. “The threat is of a serious nature. The senders seemed to have conducted a reconnaissance first,” a senior police officer said. The part of the residence where the letter was found is not frequently patrolled by security guards and is not covered by CCTV cameras, the officer added.
All security personnel and other staff at the house have been questioned.
Apart from the Delhi Police, another Central police force would be put on the security job. The guard who found the letter alerted his superiors, who, in turn, approached the Tughlaq Road police station. A case has been filed under Sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code.
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Section 506 IPC. Punishment for criminal intimidation-
Whoever commits, the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both;
If threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, etc.—And if the threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an offence punishable with death or 1[imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or to impute, unchastity to a woman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.
CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENCEPara I Punishment—Imprisonment for 2 years, or fine, or both—Non-cognizable-Bailable—Triable by any Magistrate—Compoundable by the person intimidated.
Para II Punishment—Imprisonment for 7 years, or fine, or both—Non-cognizable—Bailable—Triable by Magistrate of the first class—Non-compoundable.
State Amendment Uttar Pradesh Imprisonment of 7 years, or fine or both—Cognizable—Non-bailable—Triable by Magistrate of the first class—Non-compoundable. Vide Notification No. 777/VIII 9-4(2)—87, dated 31st July, 1989, published in U.P. Gazette, Extra., Pt. A, Sec. (kha), dated 2nd August, 1989.
comments Threat to reputation Where criminal intimidation was committed by threatening X and his daughter with injury to their reputation by having the indecent photographs published; the intent mentioned was to cause alarm to X and his daughter, hence the appellant was clearly guilty of the criminal intimidation and it was held that the conviction of the appellant under section 506 is correct;
Section 507 IPC. Criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication-
Whoever commits the offence of criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication, or having taken precaution to conceal the name or abode of the person from whom the threat comes, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, in addition to the punishment provided for the offence by the last preceding section.
CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENCE Punishment—Imprisonment for 2 years, in addition to the punishment under above section—Non-cognizable—Bailable—Triable by Magistrate of the first class—Non-compoundable.