Principal district and sessions judge Anant Badar,on Thursday,passed strictures against defence lawyer B A Aloor who accused the judge of being biased against the accused.
Aloor said,You are a great district judge…you have been hearing the Nayana Pujari rape and murder case trial since the beginning and have been biased against the accused ever since.
The judge took this allegation on record in the trial and passing strictures for the second time after June 2011,he stated,This is high time…Such utterances of the learned defence counsel prima facie amount to contempt of court and interference in the course of administration of justice.
Special public prosecutor Harshad Nimbalkar,advocates Milind Pawar and Pradeep Pitale were also present in the court. Aloor was warned that if such things occured again,the court would be forced to make reference under Contempt of Court Act and complain to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.
The incident occurred when Aloor was cross-examining assistant police inspector Rohidas Chikate. The cross-examination will continue on Friday.
In June 2011,the court had reprimanded Aloor after he stayed away from the court,leading to adjournment of the trial. The judge had also apologised to six witnesses,all from Khed,about 50 km from Pune,for having to appear again to depose when the court had summoned them. Aloor,who was representing Vishwas Kadam and Mahesh Thakur,had skipped the court date citing that he was busy in Kerala High Court.
The witnesses are responsible citizens who cannot be treated as less important. They have incurred losses and left their respective jobs to appear before the court, the judge said.
The advocate (Aloor) should have made alternative arrangements to represent the accused in his absence… He has neglected his duty. If repeated,it would be considered as misconduct, the judge stated.
Thakur,Kadam,approver Rajesh Choudhary along with absconding accused Yogesh Raut had allegedly kidnapped and raped Pujari.