Suddenly every judge in India has become bold and empowered and has now got power to punish any lawyer who abuses him or shouts at him or tries to bully him during arguments of a case….
It all happened suddenly and unexpectedly.
A week ago, an advocate while arguing a case in Supreme Court, abused and tried to bully one of the judges of a two judge bench.
The Judge did not take this lightly. This was a contempt in face of a court.
Old view was such thst when a lawyer commits contempt of Judge in face of judge, the judge issues him notice of contempt and transfers the case to another judge to deal with the contempt.
This practice was not working effectively. The procedures of issuing notice, proper service of summons, and then filing of reply, and then hearing in other court used to take months and years.
Now law has suddenly taken a leap forward. It has been held that when contempt is made on face of a Judge, the judge can punish him then and there itself…no need to issue notice.
It means this in simple words :
Every Judge in India is now armed with a new power in contempt law. Entire Judiciary has become stronger against 1) ” Lawyers who have nuisance value ” and 2) who “Pride themselves in bullying the judges”.
Indian judiciary has moved forward.