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HC judge may not hear family matters

A Division Bench comprising Justice K L Manjunath and Justice V A Appa Rao will hear family court matters from September 10.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 8, 2012 2:44:30 am

Karnataka High Court Judge K Bhaktavatsala,who is in the eye of a storm for his comments during court hearings which have left women’s groups demanding an inquiry into the remarks passed by him as well as intervention of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to “ensure that there is no miscarriage of justice in cases relating to women because of such biased views”,may not hear family court matters from Monday.

Sources in the Karnataka High Court said Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen,exercising his powers of master of roaster,has effected minor changes in the roaster of sitting judges,one immediate effect of which could be that Bhaktavatsala would not hear family disputes from now on.

A Division Bench comprising Justice K L Manjunath and Justice V A Appa Rao will hear family court matters from September 10.

These matters were listed before a Bench comprising Justice K Bhaktavatsala and Justice B Indu Kala as per the roster of August 27. The roster remains unaltered with respect to other subjects and judges.

The decision might placate the various women’s groups demanding action against him.

The Indian Express had reported two days ago about some women’s groups writing to the CJI demanding action against the judge for Bhaktavatsala’s perceived anti-women remarks while hearing divorce and matrimonial disputes.

In an instance last month,he had told a woman lawyer that she was unfit to argue the matter since she was unmarried. While hearing another case between a separated couple,in which the woman had accused her husband of regularly beating her,the judge had said to the woman,“Women suffer in all marriages. You are married with two children,and know what it means to suffer as a woman. Yesterday,there was a techie couple who reconciled for the sake of their child. Your husband is doing good business,he will take care of you. Why are you still talking about his beatings?”

With ENS BANGALORE

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