Behave or...: HC tells lawyers

THE HIGH Court on Wednesday sent a strong message to the agitating lawyers of the district courts: ?Improve the court atmosphere or get ready to face the music?. The court also summoned the list of criminal cases pending against the lawyers facing contempt of court charges, on April 18 next.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 01:16 IST

THE HIGH Court on Wednesday sent a strong message to the agitating lawyers of the district courts: “Improve the court atmosphere or get ready to face the music”. The court also summoned the list of criminal cases pending against the lawyers facing contempt of court charges, on April 18 next.

A Division Bench comprising Justice OP Srivastava and Justice Shailendra Saxena passed the above orders in a suo moto contempt proceedings drawn against 13 city lawyers for their alleged role of adopting pressure tactics upon the judges of the subordinate courts to get favorable orders, using unparliamentary language and assaulting court employees.

The district magistrate, the director general of police and the SSP Lucknow appeared in person in compliance with earlier orders of the High Court and apprise the Bench of the safety measures taken by them on the court campus.

The Bench also directed Lucknow district judge Shiv Charan Sharma to ensure normal functioning and security in district courts and send a day to day report to the High Court about the happenings in the courts.

Advocate general SMA.Kazmi also appeared in court and assured the Bench on behalf of the State of taking adequate steps to ensure safety and security on the district court campus, here.

The Bench, however, refrained from passing any orders on a petition moved by secretary of the Oudh Bar Association Vishal Dixit, praying the court to modify its earlier orders banning entry of 13 city lawyers on the district court campus and kept the matter open.
The judges took exception to the fact that despite the earlier order of the court, the lawyers had not allowed smooth functioning of the subordinate courts and blocked the road and used mikes to raise slogans.
The court room was jam-packed with lawyers while more than 500 of them were present outside. Some of them even raised slogans outside the room but were restrained by their leaders. Some lawyers were also seen passing remarks inside the courtroom.
The judges opened the proceedings saying that a section of lawyers was trying to bully even the high court by announcing that it would continue the boycott the court proceedings till the high court withdrew its order. Justice Srivastava said he knew how to deal with such elements. “We are ready to pass most stern orders if you do not behave yourselves,” he said. The judges further said they may even order for a CBI probe.

Kazmi admitted that the institution of judiciary would collapse if the judges passed orders under force or coercion. He shared the ‘anguish’ of the court and expressed concern over the fact that some lawyers had been accused of getting orders through pressure.

Meanwhile the district court lawyers continued to abstain from attending court working in protest against the high court’s order banning the entry of 13 city lawyers on court campus.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 01:16 IST