K'taka HC takes judge to SC
The dispute over control of Karnataka High Court administrative wing, in wake of corruption allegations against its present Chief Justice, Justice P.D. Dinakaran, has reached the Supreme Court.delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2010 00:34 IST
The dispute over control of Karnataka High Court administrative wing, in wake of corruption allegations against its present Chief Justice, Justice P.D. Dinakaran, has reached the Supreme Court.
In an unusual step, the high court on Monday petitioned before the Supreme Court complaining against its own judge, Justice D.V. Shylendra Kumar, accusing him of “denigrating” the Chief Justice in open court for media publicity.
The administrative branch of the high court has filed the appeal challenging an order by Justice Kumar wherein he had pulled up the registrar-general for not listing a tax matter before his court on a specific date despite a judicial order.
Justice Kumar also summoned the files related to allocation of work in the Karnataka High Court when he was informed that the case was not fixed before him after a notification from the Chief Justice.
The petition filed through the registrar-general of the High Court was mentioned before a vacation bench headed by Justice Deepak Verma that is to hear the matter on Tuesday. The HC has alleged in its petition that Justice Kumar even threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against the registry if it failed to comply with its orders.
While mentioning the matter before SC, senior advocate Udaya Hola said despite learning that the HC had appealed against his order, Justice Kumar had called for the files to hold a hearing on Monday.
The high court has alleged that while hearing a tax matter Justice Kumar had questioned the Chief Justice’s administrative powers related to the allocation of work for judges.
He had openly criticised Justice Dinakaran for issuing a notification not to list the matter before the bench at Dharwad circuit in May this year. When Justice Kumar’s bench resumed at Bangalore, it pulled up the registrar-general.
On learning that the Chief Justice had issued the orders, the bench had allegedly said: “Who is the Chief Justice? What authority does he have? The Chief Justice could be the highest authority, but he cannot alter judicial orders.”
Justice Kumar has been in the news for attacking Justice Dinakaran — who is without judicial work due to pending impeachment proceedings against him — in his blog.