Some Judicial Officers, Staff and Advocates Working in Tandem to Destroy Judiciary From Inside: Madras HC

Recently, the Madras High Court, while hearing a Suo Motu Contempt Proceedings in relation to a Writ Petition challenging the appointment of Registrar (Vigilance) of High Court, observed that there are persons working to “destroy the institution” from within the Court.

A Division Bench of Justice PN Prakash and Justice V Sivagnanam, after going through the report filed by the High Court’s Vigilance unit, observed:

“We prima facie find the names of judicial officers, staff members, advocates et al having worked in tandem to destroy this institution from inside. Therefore, we cannot allow this matter to rest at ease.”

The Writ Petition was filed by a Lawyer, alleging that the Registrar Vigilance of High Court does not possess the eligibility for appointment on the said post. But the Bench observed:

“It is common knowledge that in the last two and a half years, the Vigilance Committee has been taking serious action against delinquent judicial officers and staff members, which has earned for Ms. R Poornima, the wrath of vested interests, who are yearning for her scalp.”

Earlier in October last year a Bench of the then Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy had dismissed writ petition with exemplary costs of Rs 5 lakh.

In pursuance of the direction of the Court an Enquiry Report was submitted to the then Chief Justice AP Shahi, who directed it to place it before Justice Prakas and Justice Sivagnanam, who was hearing the contempt case against Advocate Satish Kumar.

During the course of hearing in the contempt case, Advocate Satish Kumar stated that he filed the Writ Petition at the behest of another Advocate namely, U Vasudevan, therefore he should also be added in contempt proceedings.

Considering the gravity of the matter, the Court has directed to get an inquiry conducted by G Nagajothi, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Central Crime Branch-I, to investigate the circumstances in which the writ petition in question was filed, and find out who were behind the filing of the writ petition “be them judicial officers, staff members, advocates or anyone else.”

The Next date of hearing is 23 March 2021

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