Sakhlecha files contempt petition against chief justice of MP high court

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2015 13:27 IST
Former legislator Paras Saklecha said that chief justice maltreated him over two days of hearing on his DMAT petition. (HT file photo)

DMAT whistleblower Paras Sakhlecha on Monday filed a contempt petition in Indore bench of MP High court against chief justice AM Khanwilkar for allegedly shouting at him and asking him to go out of the court saying why he had come into courtroom wearing jeans and T-shirt.

In his petition, Sakhlecha said that chief justice maltreated him over two days of hearing on his DMAT petition in the court and his behaviour tantamounted to contempt of his own court.

In response to his contempt petition, registrar of Indore bench of MP high court informed him that his petition had been clubbed for hearing with his DMAT petition for hearing on November 23.

Counsel for Sakhlecha and former advocate general of Madhya Pradesh Anand Mohan Mathur, however, said that he would raise objection against the decision of the high court to club the DMAT petition with contempt petition against the chief justice and he would write to the chief justice, asking him to treat his letter as an application.

“The two petitions are entirely different in nature. One is civil petition and the other one criminal contempt petition. Besides, the DMAT petition is being heard by the chief justice, who is a party in contempt petition. How can he hear a case against himself? He should form a separate bench to hear our contempt petition,” Mathur told HT over the phone.

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