Lawyers strongly protest ?threat to lower courts?
LAWYERS HAVE strongly protested the controversial order of the MP High Court Registrar, Vigilance, that has asked the judges in the lower courts to submit a copy of their such judgements to the registrar in which either accused have been acquitted or freed on bail.india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 14:51 IST
LAWYERS HAVE strongly protested the controversial order of the MP High Court Registrar, Vigilance, that has asked the judges in the lower courts to submit a copy of their such judgements to the registrar in which either accused have been acquitted or freed on bail.
The Bhopal District Bar Association has criticised the order saying it not only constitutes undue interference but also threat to the existence of the lower courts.
In a statement, District Bar Association president Vijay Choudhary and secretary Anand Pandey said the association fully endorses the stand taken by the MP High Court Bar Association to protest the order.
The DBA has urged the State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh to approach the Chief Justice of High Court with the request to get the order withdrawn.
The association has also demanded that whoever, whether individual or an institution, wants to lodge any complaint against a judge with higher authorities should do so on affidavit. It is often observed that certain anti-social elements or petty litigants sent some anonymous complaints against judges based on which the concerned judge is asked to explain his conduct.
Thus, these anti-social elements obstruct fairness in deliverance of justice by the lower courts, the association felt. Demanding end of communication gap between the Bar and the Bench, the association also urged the High Court to ensure presence of lawyer association president when district judges or any in-charge judge sits down to consider such problems.
This, they said, would frustrate the elements who file false complaints and help present true picture before the authority concerned.
The DBA is also of the view that in the name of expeditious disposal of cases the Registry issues various directives from time to time that impede free flow of justice, and, therefore, such directives should be stopped.
The lower judiciary should be allowed to work with freedom for the sake of true justice. The DBA has also demanded that judges of lower courts should not be asked to receive, see off or make arrangement for any one during the court’s timing.