Criminal contempt case against Uttarakhand High Court judge

A case of criminal contempt was filed in Uttarakhand High Court in Tuesday against Justice Lokpal Singh for allegedly using inappropriate language against other lawyers including a former judge and a woman lawyer.

The petition was filed by a lawyer C.K. Sharma, who has requested the court to take suo motu cognisance in the matter.

As per reports on ANI, Justice Singh humiliated Sharma in an open court and threatened to send him to jail.

On January, the Uttarakhand High Court lawyers staged a protest against Justice Lokpal Singh for making personal remarks on them.

The petitioner alleged that the “Judge on several occasions has not only misbehaved with the counsels and litigants but has also used derogatory remarks against lawyers and even other judges.”

”While performing functions of a judge of a high court, a judge cannot be hypersensitive or be swung by emotions but must act judicially as it is no part of the judicial function to be vindictive or allow any personal or other considerations,” the petitioner said.

Adding that there was “sufficient ground for terming the matter as one of criminal contempt as prescribed u/s 2 (c) of the Contempt of Courts Act”, the lawyer asked the court to “take suo moto cognizance of the petition under Section 16 read with Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act and proceed as deemed fit and proper in the circumstances of the case”.

The petition was filed by a lawyer C.K. Sharma, who has requested the court to take suo motu cognisance in the matter. On January, the Uttarakhand High Court lawyers staged a protest against Justice Lokpal Singh for making personal remarks on them.

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