The Delhi High Court today sought Supreme Court Bar Association honorary secretary's stand on a plea to begin contempt of court proceeding against him for allegedly violating an order of the court, directing him to keep in his custody the EVMs used in the recent SCBA poll.
While issuing notice to K C Kaushik, Justice Rajiv Shakdher also sought SCBA's response within two weeks on the plea challenging the SCBA poll held on May 11.
Kaushik was issued notice on a contempt petition filed by advocate Vikrant Yadav, through his counsel Puneet Agarwal, alleging that he returned the EVMs to the firm from where those had been hired, in violation of the May 30 order of the high court, directing status quo on the custody of the machines.
"This action is not only willful disobedience of the court's order but is malafide and is interference in the due process of law to some how destroy the vital evidence," the petitioner said. The high court had on May 30 ordered status quo on a petition by a group of advocates challenging the validity of the SCBA polls held on May 11 on the ground that EVMs were used in the polls although the Memorandum of Association provides for election through secret ballot system.