The Allahabad High Court has convicted a lawyer of criminal contempt and sentenced him to three-month imprisonment. It also issued a non-bailable warrant against the lawyer as he was not present before the court when the judgement was pronounced.
Justice Sudhir Agrawal passed the order on a criminal contempt petition against advocate Gulab Singh, who practiced in the Janupur district court. Passing the order on September 2, the court also banned the entry of the lawyer in the premises of the district court for three months, provided he is not himself a party in a case, beginning September 28.
The court took note of the allegations made against Singh by a woman judicial officer in the civil court of Jaunpur through a letteron April 14, 2015, to the district judge. The same was forwarded to the administrative judges in the High Court, who found it a fit case for initiating the contempt proceedings.
The primary allegations was that on April 7, the lawyer took the records of the order passed by additional civil judge (junior division) Manju Kumari, and wrote something on it in English.
When Kumari went through it, she found that Singh had written comments to the effect that she had not understood the intricacies of a case in which he was representing a plaintiff and had passed the order as she was “without experience”. The lawyer was also accused of using foul language.