The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday sentenced a lawyer to six-month imprisonment and banned his entry on the high court as well as district court premises for three years after holding him guilty of contempt of court. The lawyer, K K Mishra alias Balram, has been given 60-days’ time to appeal against the sentence, as per norms.
The order was passed by a division Bench led by Justice Sudhir Agarwal while disposing of a contempt petition filed against Mishra. He was charged with contempt of court for casting aspersions and disturbing the functioning in the court of a civil judge Deepak Yadav in 2011. The matter was reported by the district court authorities to the high court, which decided to frame charges against him after finding prima facie evidence to that effect.
Sudhir Mehrotra, special counsel, high court, who was appointed by the court to assist it in this case, said: “The court has sentenced the lawyer to six-month imprisonment and Rs 2,000 fine. However, the lawyer has been given two-months’ time to appeal against the sentence. The ban on his entry into the high court and the district court will remain in place.
“The lawyer was charged with contempt to court, as he had leveled unfounded allegations against a Civil Judge saying he was favouring a particular community. Earlier, in another case in 1989, the lawyer was charged with contempt of court, but let off with warning that he would be dealt with iron hands, if he again resorted to behaviour unbecoming of a lawyer,” he added.
Mehrotra added that Mishra, during the contempt proceedings, also filed various applications making allegations against judicial officers.
Appearing for Mishra, senior advocate Radha Kant Ojha, said: “He will be going in appeal, as per available remedies.”
A detailed order in this regard was yet to be made available.