CJI faults con­duct of some se­nior ad­vo­cates

Ay­o­d­hya hear­ing saw ver­bal bat­tles

The Hindu - - NEWS - Le­gal Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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