6 Sep 2007, 0208 hrs IST,TNN
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ALLAHABAD: After about 12 years of his retirement a criminal contempt petition was filed on Wednesday against former chief justice of Allahabad High Court, S S Sodhi. The allegation against him was that in his book ‘Other Side of Justice’ published by Hay House India, Justice Sodhi has ridiculed the sanctity of the high court judges.
The criminal contempt petition was filed in the high court by a senior lawyer Ravi Kiran Jain. He has said in the petition that the former chief justice has attributed motive to the judges beyond permissible limit of fair criticism. The petition would come up for hearing on Friday before a bench, presided over by justice KS Rakhra.
The petitioner has also annexed a letter written to the former chief justice SS Sodhi by a retired high court judge, Justice RB Mehrotra, after the publication of the Book. The letter states "the only purpose of this book is to malign the entire institution of the Allahabad High Court and pat your back yourself. The book is an example of self-praise. You have not said a single good word about the high court in your entire book. You have tarnished the image of many judges including the former chief justice of India and a judge who is no more in this world."
"Is it proper for the health of the judiciary that chief justice should act as a boss over other judges and behave with them in this third-rate manner, which you did? These are the questions which you are supposed to answer yourself. This dictatorial behaviour of yours and your cliquish nature were responsible for your not being elevated to the Supreme Court for which you have to blame yourself not others," Justice Mehrotra has written.
The letter further says: "Thank god you have not reached the Supreme court as your behaviour would have sullied the great institution. Otherwise also your judicial performance was ordinary and you did not deserve it on merits."
TIMES OF INDIA