Five days after senior advocate Virender Kumar Jain appeared in the Punjab and Haryana high court in kurta-pyjama and entered into a spat with a judge, the court on Friday issued him a notice for criminal contempt of court for misbehaviour and not following the dress code in the court.
The notice was issued by the court headed by justice Rajive Bhalla, on which senior advocate has to file his reply by November 6.
On October 5, Jain was to appear before justice Rakesh Kumar Garg's court for arguing a case, but his junior advocate had made a request for adjournment, citing the senior advocate's personal difficulty to appear. Thereafter, the court called advocate JL Malhotra, on whose name the affidavit was submitted in the case. After some time, Malhotra appeared along with Jain, who was in kurta-pyjama. On this, justice Garg pointed out that the senior advocate was not in proper dress.
It was then that the spat broke between the two. Finally, justice Garg retired to his chamber.
Later, when the judge came back to the court, the senior advocate allegedly started heated arguments in the presence of the high court bar association's president, Anmol Rattan Singh Sidhu.
On this, justice Garg had referred the matter to the chief justice for his intervention and appropriate directions. After considering justice Garg's report, the chief justice referred the matter to be heard by justice Bhalla, who in turn issued a notice to Jain on Friday, seeking his response.
When contacted, Jain refused to comment on the matter.