An 11-judge bench of the Patna High Court on Aug 29 suspended an order passed by Justice Rakesh Kumar which allegedly spoke about corruption in Judiciary.
“…The entire order is a burning example of the violations of principles of natural justice, judicial impropriety and a malicious tirade in the name of some crusade in the opinion of the Judge. The learned Judge has ordained himself to be the only mentor of all his perceptions about different forms of infamy without having the courtesy of the view point of others…,” the order by 11-judge bench said.
The bench observed: “…When we have to take a just stand to uphold the majesty of the Institution, an individual Judge’s identity is inconsequential. We are, therefore, left with no other option but to suspend the entire order dated 28th of August, 2019 with a further direction that the file of the case shall not be placed before the learned Single Judge nor any such directions given by him which as explained above are coram non judice shall be implemented by any authority nor shall be dispatched as desired by him. We, therefore, part with this case at the moment for a date to be fixed in future and for further directions in the matter.”
Earlier in order given on Aug 28, Justice Rakesh Kumar who is senior most judge in the Patna High Court had said that corruption in High Court is an open secret while hearing the bail application of former IAS Officer K P Ramiah.
Read the order by the 11-judge bench below:
-India Legal Bureau