Perhaps influenced by the shoe-throwing episode involving former US president George W Bush, members of the Boss School of Music on Friday swung a slipper at a Supreme Court judge.
The incident occurred in a court presided over by Justice Arijit Pasayat, who was hearing their petition along with Justice A.K. Ganguly. Another such incident involving Justice Pasayat happened in 2007.
Parents of some students at The Boss School of Music had approached the Bombay High Court accusing the teachers of hypnotising the children and practising black magic. The HC had ordered a probe against the school.
Arguing their case before the bench, the petitioners began using abusive language. They demanded that the judges be jailed for initiating contempt proceedings against them. Sarida Parekh, one of those standing before the bench, suddenly flung a slipper at Justice Pasayat.
An outraged bench ordered that the petitioners be taken into custody. The group was later sent to jail. A larger bench would decide the quantum of sentence. Those taken into custody apart from Parekh, include school principal Leila David, audio engineer Annette Kotian and music teacher Pavitra Murali.
Solicitor General G.E. Vahanvati, who witnessed the incident, suggested that the court not send them to jail. “Those who do not have faith in the system should be prohibited from accessing it. They should not be allowed to enter court premises, except to defend.”
On Thursday, the SC Registry had refused to accept the Boss School members’ plea for criminal proceedings against seven SC judges and 14 judges of the Bombay High Court. They wanted Justice Pasayat to withdraw from the case.