CJI faults conduct of some senior advocates
Ayodhya hearing saw verbal battles
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra departed from his characteristic mild manner in the courtroom to lash out at the conduct of certain senior advocates in the Ayodhya title dispute hearing on December 5 and the CentreDelhi government power spat on December 6.
“The behaviour of the senior counsel yesterday was atrocious. A day before, it was more atrocious,” the Chief Justice said.
On December 5, the Ayodhya title dispute witnessed senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhawan and Dushyant Dave preparing to walk out of the courtroom, protesting that the court had denied their plea for a fair hearing.
Though they were dissuaded from doing so, the court had gone on to record its surprise at their action in its written order. The three senior lawyers were representing some of the appellant parties in the Ram Mandir appeals. The hearing saw raised voices and pitched verbal battles.
“Raised voice will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, a small group of senior counsel think they can raise their voice .... ,” the CJI said.