|Confidence of clients in majesty of court will also be lost forever, says judge|
MADURAI: It will be difficult to dispense justice in the days to come if lawyers go to the level of shouting slogans against judges and making abusive comments in open court, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court said on Tuesday.
Justice K. Chandru made the observation while referring to a surcharged atmosphere in the Bench on September 9, during the hearing of a fake case the petitioner herself denied to have filed.
Recalling that lawyers had banged the doors of his court hall and shouted slogans such as “Down down, go back and dictator,” the judge said the confidence of the clients in the majesty of the court would be lost forever owing to such incidents.
“With this acrimony and war of attrition, it is not possible to decide the issue in a calm and peaceful way,” he said and directed the Registry to place the matter before the Chief Justice to be posted before some other judge of the court.
The Bar Associations had insisted that the judge drop the proceedings in the fake case claiming that the petitioner had made a false claim of not having instructed the lawyer on record to file the case.
Disagreeing with them, the judge said: “Whether it is a case of perjury or forgery, it certainly requires surgery. As the well known maxim goes, justice must not only be done, but also seen to be done.”
He went on to say: “It is not clear as to how this issue can be seen as an issue of the Bar. Instead of the Bench and the Bar making joint efforts to unravel the truth behind the filing of the writ petition, they were keen to have a virtual showdown.”
The fake case came to light after the judge issued notice to the petitioner for sending telegrams to some of the judges.
The woman appeared before the court and claimed that she had neither filed the case, nor sent any telegram.
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