The Allahabad High Court has sentenced seven lawyers to six-month simple imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on them for contempt of court in an incident in which they had manhandled and insulted an additional district and sessions judge at the Jalaun district court, based in Orai, on November 20, 2014.
The bench of Justices Sudhir Agarwal and Shashi Kant Wednesday passed the judgment against the lawyers Pradhuman Kumar Srivastava, Gyanendra Singh Rajawat, Suresh Dixit, Karmksheta Awasthi, Aftab Ahmad, Udai Shankar Dwivedi and Pankaj Gupta.
On the day of the incident, 10 advocates were alleged to have entered the court of the ADJ to pressurise him to retire in chamber as the lawyers had passed a resolution of abstention. When the judge resented, the advocates allegedly manhandled and insulted him. Chief Justice of the High Court later ordered a fact finding inquiry in the matter after the incident was reported to the administrative judge. The inquiry report prima facie found a case of criminal contempt and the proceedings of contempt of court were initiated against the lawyers. The court did not hold three out of the ten lawyers guilty.
The seven, who were found guilty, have also been barred from entering the premises of district court at Orai for one year from September 23. The court also ordered that the district judge, Jalaun at Orai will keep the conduct and attitude of these lawyers under constant watch for three years after the expiry of the one year period, if they start practice in that court, and report any untoward activity by them.
The court, however, suspended the sentence of simple imprisonment for two months on the plea of the guilty lawyers to enable them to appeal against the judgment.