The Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association On Wednesday passed a resolution “expressing deep concern over the threat of contempt proceedings and conviction by Justice Arun Mishra to (Sr Advocate) Gopal Sankaranarayanan while he was doing his professional duties.”
“Several members of the bar have repeatedly been raising such grievances about the unwanted treatment and passing personal remarks by Justice Mishra. The duty to maintain dignity and decorum of the court is cast both upon lawyers and judges. We request Honbly Justice Mishra to be little more patient while dealing with lawyers,” the resolution stated.
The provocation for the advocates to pass the resolution took place on Tuesday in the Supreme Court when heated exchanges took place between the senior advocate and Justice Mishra during the hearing on the land acquisition cases. Matters reached such a stage that Sankaranarayanan reportedly walked out of the courtroom even as the hearing was going on.
According to reports, when Sankaranarayanan started arguing the case, Justice Mishra asked him to come to the point. Justice Mishra is said to have become livid when Sankaranarayanan asked if he could get back to his submissions after explaining his interpretation of Section 24 of the Land Acquisition Act. Justice Mishra, at then reportedly, asked the advocate, “Are you retorting? Are you retorting to us? How dare you?”
The judge even went on to threatened the lawyer by saying that if he utters another word, he would not only issue contempt but also make sure that he gets convicted. This promoted Sankaranarayanan to walk out of the courtroom.
The land acquisition cases are being heard by a Constitution Bench of 5 judges comprising of Justices Arun Mishra, Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, MR Shah, and Ravindra Bhat.
–India legal Bureau