The High Court on Friday accused a senior judge in the capital of “totally ignoring fundamental principles of criminal law” in his judgments.
“We are pained to note that the errant judge is none other than Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Narottam Kaushal, who, we have repeatedly been noticing, is totally ignoring the fundamental principles of criminal law,” said a Bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog.
The Bench found that Judge Kaushal had adopted “short cut” tactics while examining Dinesh Kumar, a murder convict and did not give him proper chance for defending himself by not putting questions in simple and clear language which he could easily understand.
Hearing Kumar’s appeal, HC set aside his conviction and granted him bail. Judge Kaushal has been asked to reopen trial and re-examine Kumar.
“We expressed our anguish (against the same judge) on earlier occasions. After letting atleast five or six instances pass, it dawned upon us that in virtually every case, Judge Kaushal is resorting to short cuts,” the bench said.
The High Court accused the Judge of “total non-application of mind”.
The Registrar General of the High Court has been directed by the Bench to send a copy of the remarks to Judge Kaushal.