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Remarks against judges cost lawyers, Supreme Court issues contempt notice


The Supreme Court said that lawyers who make comments against judges will be liable for contempt.
A bench of Justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna issued notice to the petitioner along with his counsel.
Both of them have also been ordered to be present in the court on 2 December.

New Delhi. The lawyers have found it difficult to comment against the judges in their petition. Angered by this, the Supreme Court has issued a contempt notice to the advocate who filed a petition and his advocate-on-record in the Supreme Court. Issuing the notice, the Supreme Court has said that the advocates who have filed the petition on behalf of the plaintiffs will be liable for contempt of court proceedings if they make derogatory remarks against the judges in the case.

According to a report in the Times of India, a bench of Justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna ordered issuance of notices to petitioner Mohan Chandra P as well as advocate-on-record Vipin Kumar Jai. Gave that why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against them. Both those persons have also been ordered to remain present in the court on 2 December.

The Karnataka Information Commission had issued a notification on August 7, 2018. Accordingly, advocate Mohan Chandra had applied for the posts of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) as well as State Information Commissioner (IC). The selection committee recommended three persons for the CIC as well as the IC. In which Chandra’s name was not included. He filed an appeal before the Karnataka High Court against the selection process, appointment of CIC and IC, questioning his non-appointment to the advertised posts.

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On April 21 this year, the Single Judge Bench of the High Court had dismissed his petition. Chandra filed an appeal against this order before a division bench of the High Court. Which on September 2 dismissed the petition with a fine of Rs 5 lakh. In the special leave petition before the Supreme Court, Chandra said that the Karnataka High Court’s division bench harassed the respondents for external reasons is unjustified. He said that in its judgment, the Bench has taken into account external reasons and in a vindictive manner, imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner. The petitioner raised objections against the judges, alleging that the petition was dismissed for cheap publicity. After which the Supreme Court issued this order.

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