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Set our house right, Allahabad HC lawyers say

In a dramatic development, an apex lawyers' organisation on Friday refused to support the decision of the Allahabad High Court judges to move the Supreme Court demanding that the strongly critical observations about their functioning made by the top court be expunged. Nagendar Sharma reports.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2010 01:51 IST
Nagendar Sharma

In a dramatic development, an apex lawyers' organisation on Friday refused to support the decision of the Allahabad High Court judges to move the Supreme Court demanding that the strongly critical observations about their functioning made by the top court be expunged.

The governing council of the Allahabad High Court bar association passed a unanimous resolution in its meeting, welcoming the November 26 judgment of the Supreme Court, which had asked "for some house cleaning" in the Allahabad High Court.

"The Supreme Court verdict should be honoured since it is binding on all of us. The points should be addressed urgently," said the resolution passed at the meeting.

HT had first reported on Friday about the decision taken by the high court judges to move the Supreme Court to seek dropping of the unprecedented severe comments.

Bar association president NC Rajvanshi said after the meeting: "We are going to request the high court chief justice to take action against those judges against whom complaints of corruption and misconduct have been received."

On why the lawyers decided not to support the decision of judges, he said: "This was not on our agenda. We held discussions on what the SC had said and members demanded follow-up action to set things right."

"Extremely important issues have been raised by the Supreme Court, which we feel cannot be brushed under the carpet," said Bar association member and its former secretary, Rakesh Pandey.

"Time has come to honour what the top court of the country has said."

The meeting analysed the observations made by the Supreme Court bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra, which had said "something is rotten in the Allahabad High Court."

The SC had said: "We do not mean to say that all lawyers who have close relations as judges of the high court are misusing that relationship. Some are scrupulously taking care that no one should lift a finger on this account. However, others are shamelessly taking advantage of this relationship."