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SC warns against 'judge bashing'

Started by bpagrawal, April 05, 2013, 06:03:10 AM

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SC warns against 'judge bashing'
New Delhi, March 19: The Supreme Court has deplored the growing tendency of "judge bashing" by disgruntled litigants and cautioned that "judiciary should not be reduced to the position of flies in the hands of wanton boys".
The judges voiced their concern while awarding a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to a Gujarat woman magistrate forced to retire on graft allegations after a high court-ordered probe. The apex court found the probe faulty.
"Judge bashing has become a favourite pastime of some people. There is a growing tendency of maligning the reputation of judicial officers by disgruntled elements who fail to secure an order which they desire," a bench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and Fakir Mohammed said.

They upheld the appeal by Nirmala J. Jhala, who was accused by a litigant of demanding and accepting Rs 20,000 as illegal gratification when she was a chief judicial magistrate in Ahmedabad in 1991.