Delhi High Court Issues Notice to Lawyer Who Wrote ‘This Court Is Slow to Hear My Cases’ on VC Hearing Chat Box

In a recent development at the Delhi High Court, contempt proceedings have been initiated against advocate Sanjeev Kumar in a case involving the State of NCT of Delhi. The proceedings stem from comments made by Sanjeev Kumar during a video conferencing session, which were deemed contemptuous and scandalous by the court.

The case involves petitioner Sanjeev Kumar and the State of NCT of Delhi & Ors. Sanjeev Kumar, representing himself, had filed a petition under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, seeking to set aside an order dated 10.10.2023 passed by the ASJ, South East District, Saket Courts, New Delhi, in CR No.507/2023. However, the petition was dismissed by the Delhi High Court on 23.01.2024, with a cost of Rs. 25,000 imposed on the petitioner. Subsequently, a Review Petition was filed by Sanjeev Kumar, which is currently pending consideration. 

During the proceedings, Sanjeev Kumar made several comments in a chat box, criticizing the court and expressing dissatisfaction with the pace of hearings. The comments were brought to the court’s attention, leading to the initiation of contempt proceedings against him.

The presiding judge, Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta, noted that the comments made by Sanjeev Kumar were intended to scandalize the court and interfere with the due course of judicial proceedings. 

The judge remarked, “Petitioner, who is a practicing Advocate is expected to maintain decorum, has not expressed any remorse, on inquiry, and stands by the said comments.” Sanjeev Kumar’s comments, which were reproduced during the proceedings, included statements such as, “when my cases has fix for hearing why my all matter not hear by this court. There is something wrong,” and “case jada hai toh Hon’ble chief justice of Delhi HC se aur case allocated mat karwao ish court ko…pahle old backlog finish kar lo.” The court found these remarks to be contemptuous and undermining the authority of the court. 

Consequently, Sanjeev Kumar has been directed to show cause as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him. He has been given three working days to file a reply.

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Furthermore, Sanjeev Kumar expressed his intention to withdraw the Review Petition from the Delhi High Court and file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court. However, the court emphasized that while he may exercise his legal remedies, it does not give him the liberty to make contemptuous allegations against the court.

The case has been scheduled for further hearing on May 15, 2024. The court has ordered that a copy of the order be given to Sanjeev Kumar for the purpose of filing a reply, if any.

Case Name:  SANJEEV KUMAR Vs. STATE OF NCT OF DELHI & ORS

Case No.: CRL.M.C. 545/2024

Bench: Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta

Order Dated: 09.5.2024

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