The Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday dismissed a contempt petition filed by ex-MLA Paras Saklecha against the remark of chief justice on his attire on October 15, 2015.
A division bench presided by the chief justice was hearing a bunch of PILs including the one filed by Saklecha requesting directions to conduct free and fair DMAT 2015.
On maintainability of the contempt petition, the court said, “The applicant (Saklecha) has not properly mentioned the observation made by the court about his attire in the application.”
Going into the fact of the matter, the court observed, “The applicant even though represented by a senior advocate stood next to him and made objectionable facial expression, disapproving the comments of the court and this act of the applicant was nothing but bordering at mocking the court.”
The expressions of the applicant came after the court commented over his (Saklecha) talking to media and making statements about the DMAT when the matter was sub-judice.
During hearing, the court said, “The applicant was also seen forcing himself to address the court bypassing his senior counsel.”
“Therefore the court informed the senior counsel to ask his client to go back and sit in the visitors’ gallery and watch the proceedings from there,” the court observed.
HC turned down Saklecha’s objection against hearing of his application at the HC’s principal seat at Jabalpur instead of Indore bench.
The court referred to the order of former chief justice RV Raveendran of Madhya Pradesh high court former chief justice RV Raveendran of August 3, 2005 where in it is clearly stated all cases filed against any high court judge of MP or against registrar general, registrar, additional registrar, deputy registrar of this court relating to any matter will be heard at the principal seat at Jabalpur.