Supreme Court on Monday witnessed quite an interesting development when a bench comprising Justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra had to admonish a lawyer for dropping Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s name.
An angry bench even refused to hear the case any more warning the lawyer that his action may have been tantamount to contempt of court.
A report in Indian Express said that the lawyer was representing former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Neera Yadav, who has been convicted in a land fraud case.
Seeking adjournment, the advocate-on-record Prakash Kumar Singh said that neither of the two senior advocates were available.
He said, “Mr Gopal Subramaniam is unwell. The other senior advocate received an urgent call from Ms Sonia Gandhi and he had to leave the court.”
To which Justice J S Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra spoke to each other for few seconds before making scathing observations.
Justice Khehar said, ” What do you think the name should have an effect on us? What do you want to tell us? Is it a show-off or do you want to influence us? We will not tolerate this.”
Justice Mishra, for his part, said that Singh’s statement was sufficient to haul him for contempt.
“It is in fact contempt of court. Are you trying to influence the court by saying all this?” he asked Singh.
The bench was so upset with Singh’s remarks that it refused to hear the case any further and asked the lawyer to “go to some other bench”.
“List after one week, before some other bench. The Registry is directed to obtain necessary instructions for posting of this case from the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India,” the bench ordered.
Yadav had filed an appeal in the top court against a four-year jail term for criminal conspiracy and corruption in a case related to allotment of plots for industrial and institutional units in Noida.