A client gets representation in court through a lawyer, right? Wrong. In a curious incident at Metropolitan Magistrate Twinkle Wadhwa's court, a lawyer's clerk represented the client.
The incident (that took place in December 2009) spurred an argument between the magistrate and the said lawyer and also got him a 'contempt of court' rap.
If not for the timely ruling of Delhi High Court, the lawyer would have been looking at two-year jail time.
After the lawyer tendered an unconditional apology, the high court recently dismissed the contempt proceedings against the lawyer.
When his case was called, the lawyer, who had waited for long at the Mahila court, was busy in another court.
He had to send his clerk to the Mahila court magistrate to seek an exemption for his client.
Wadhwa, the Mahila court magistrate, refused the clerk's application of an exemption plea. Once free from the other court, the lawyer took up this issue with Wadhwa.
However, the two ended up arguing bitterly over it. The magistrate then issued a contempt notice against the lawyer for lowering the dignity of the court.
When the case was called in high court, the lawyer apologised. The lawyer submitted before the Bench of justices A.K. Sikri and Ajit Bharihoke that the whole incident was "unfortunate" and the "heated argument had happened spontaneously".
Accepting the lawyer's apology, the Bench dropped the contempt proceedings against him.