New Delhi, Sept. 28 -- Police officers who do the bidding of a government have to "pay back with interest" when the political regime changes, cautioned the Supreme Court on Monday as it took a grim view of the "growing trend".

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana was emphatic that such police officers should not expect mercy from a court of law if they choose to align themselves with a particular party in power.

"When you (police officer) are too close to the government, a day will come when you will be on the other side and will have to pay for your actions. When you are good with a government, you may extract money, benefits and all...then you have to pay back with interest when the government changes," remarked th...