HC Bar body to continue boycotting justice Singh
CHANDIGARH, 6 Mar 2009:
Deciding to continue boycott of the court of justice Uma Nath Singh until an ‘honourable solution’ was worked out by chief justice
Tirath Singh Thakur, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar association on Thursday sent the message loud and clear that any behaviour aimed at lowering the dignity of lawyers would not be accepted. Before arriving at the conclusion, lawyers at the general house meeting left nothing to imagination of their utter disgust at the way justice Singh reportedly functioned.
One of the most vocal speakers among bar representatives, Anupam Gupta, minced no words in hammering that justice Singh had not learned the knack of putting things behind him and that “history has a habit of repeating itself in his case”. The reference was apparent to when the judge had directed that HC lawyer Tahar Singh be taken to a mental asylum in Agra, leading to unprecedented protests against him by the Bar association.
This time round, however, the legal fraternity was livid regarding justice Singh indicating about the issuance of a notice to Bar president Rupinder Khosla and counsel MK Tiwari for interfering in the administration of justice.
Earlier, Gupta had suggested that the chief justice “do within 24 hours what was promised to us”, pointing towards a deal offered by a two-judge panel that justice Singh would never sit singly or as senior judge on a division bench. While it never materialised, Gupta again asserted, “Change the roster tomorrow, we resume work the next day.”
Khosla had, on his part, wished the CJ would resolve the issue on his own but the view wasn’t seconded by the Bar.