Delhi High Court Initiates Contempt Case Against Lawyer for Attacking Judges Online

Delhi High Court Initiates Contempt Case Against Lawyer for Attacking Judges Online

The Delhi High Court has taken action against a lawyer who made derogatory remarks towards judges and engaged in personal attacks. This occurred during a hybrid hearing earlier this month, where contemptuous comments were posted in the chat box of the virtual platform.

Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta emphasized the seriousness of the lawyer's unfounded allegations against multiple judicial officers, along with the contemptuous comments made in the public domain of the chat box. He highlighted the significant potential for harm if such behavior is not firmly addressed.

The court pointed out that the deliberate use of "intemperate" language and the allegations implying ulterior motives were aimed at "scandalizing" the judicial process, constituting contempt.

The court, in an order issued on May 15, remarked that the petitioner (lawyer) seemed to have misunderstood the law, feeling aggrieved by adverse rulings from both district court judicial officers and the High Court. However, the court emphasized that the petitioner cannot be allowed to overstep boundaries by launching personal attacks on the judges, as doing so undermines the integrity of the judiciary.

Previously, the court had issued a show-cause notice to the lawyer, who was reportedly dissatisfied with the court's handling of his personal case. The notice required the lawyer to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for his behavior.

In its recent order, the court noted that the lawyer's response was once again blatantly contemptuous, offering little relevant explanation. It observed a pattern of behavior where the individual habitually lodged complaints and defamed judges from district courts who had ruled unfavorably in any of his cases.

"In the facts and circumstances, Registrar General is directed to place the records of the judicial proceedings before Hon'ble the Acting Chief Justice for referring the matter to the concerned Hon'ble Division Bench handling 'criminal contempt.

"Petitioner is also directed to appear before the concerned Hon'ble Roster Division Bench on 17.05.2024," the court ordered.


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