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Prakash Yedhula (Lawyer)     19 January 2010

HC judge demoted

 In an unprecedented incident in the history of Orissa High Court, an additional judge has been demoted to the rank of district judge.

Orissa High Court’s full bench headed by acting Chief Justice I.M. Quddusi issued the demotion order of Justice L.K. Mishra and appointed him Kalahandi district judge.

The decision was taken on Saturday night after non-receipt of order from the Union law ministry confirming him as a permanent judge.

Sources said the Orissa High Court had earlier recommended for his removal on grounds of misconduct and misuse of official capacity in a selection test for subordinate judges. The high court, in a letter to the Chief Justice of India, had cited an inquiry by Justice Quddusi and recommended “suitable action” and “reconsideration of the decision to appoint him a judge”.

The inquiry had revealed that he had “wrongly increased the marks of two candidates”. The error was detected when the interview board insisted on seeing the answer sheets of all the six candidates called for interview. Subsequently, the high court, in a notification, admitted the error and withdrew the notification announcing the results of the test.

During the inquiry, Justice Mishra had reportedly pleaded that the “difference in marks may have appeared due to wrong dictation given to him, which was not cross-checked in good faith”.

Meanwhile, Justice Patel has taken oath as a permanent judge of Orissa High Court on January 14. 


 31 Replies

R.R. KRISHNAA (Legal Manager)     19 January 2010

Thanks for the information.

maya kapil (advocates)     19 January 2010

Has the demoted judge not resigned ? Kindly inform and oblige.

shrikant chede (law officer)     19 January 2010

.Thanks for the information

Anil Agrawal (Retired)     19 January 2010

 Good as a District Judge and not good as a HC Judge? What a country and what a system. Now he can deliver judgements left, right and centre without caring for merit.

girishankar (manager)     19 January 2010

additional judge has been demoted his rank and appointed him as a Kalahandi district judge........ What a Judiciary......He shouldnt have demoted as every one should know what a grate insult he has made to Justice ....Fooling comman public.....The "SADA" must me more that it should be a lesson to other Judges.....JUdis

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     20 January 2010

Demotion is like insult and defamation. So, this much punishment is more than sufficient. At least these things are there in judiciary. There is nothing like this happening in Police / Executive and other govt. departments.

K.C.Suresh (Advocate)     20 January 2010

It is every where when human are functioning. So what in judiciary. It is becaue we expect that from them. But they are simple, egoist and perverted humans and leading a life in a dark hole.

Prashant Kumar Jha (Practicing Lawyer)     20 January 2010

Demotion is insult & supersation, hon'ble judge must resign from judgeship to save his reputation

Anil Agrawal (Retired)     20 January 2010

 Resign and be on the street. He has still a cozy job with all the paraphernalia attached to the post.

P.K.Haridasan (Advocate)     20 January 2010

 It is high time to think about the matters concerning public and to protect the faith in courts and judiciary. 

Anil Agrawal (Retired)     20 January 2010

 Problem with us is that even in our dreams, we donot forget to call them "honourable".

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     21 January 2010

Sir, what is wrong in calling them "honourable". It is their duty to upkeep the honour attached with their post.

Anil Agrawal (Retired)     21 January 2010

 If the criminals, who become MLAs and MPs and Ministers are called "honourable", why not the Judges? Is that what you want to say? 

If we start calling the judges honourable even in our sitting room, it means slavery has taken deep roots in our minds and psyche. 

Please cut out the words 'My lord", "Your Honour", "Your Worship". Please read the history of England and Scotland to know why these words were used in the medieval ages there for addressing to the Bench. 

Sir is a word of respect (or disapprobation) used in addressing a man; a gentleman; (with capital Sir) prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or baronet; (with capital Sir) a word of address to a man in a formal letter; formerly used as a translation of Latin dominus, bachelor of arts (as distinguished from magister, master of arts).


It is also an abbreviation of Sirach Wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach.

What offence will a HC judge take if he is simply addressed as "Sir" ?  Let us get over the colonial hang over.

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     23 January 2010

Honour is attached with the post not with the person.

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