Times of India - Nagpur Edition 11-03-10
NAGPUR: Coming just three minutes late when his boss had called him almost ruined the career of a senior PA (personal assistant) of a judge in Bombay High Court here. Senior PA to a judge Kishor Jeswani had to tender unconditional apology to the court on Tuesday to save himself. The courtwarned Jeswani against repeating the mistake and discharged the contempt proceedings initiated against him for coming late. The incident happened on Friday when a division bench comprising justices Ambadas Joshi and Prasanna Varale had called Jeswani for a dictation as their regular stenographer was on leave. The judges sent chopdar (court attendant) Mouji Bhange to call Jeswani. Jeswani, who was reportedly busy, told Bhange that he would be reaching the court in a few minutes. But what Bhange told the judges apparently angered them. When Jeswani reached the court just three minutes late, he was given a sound warning by the bench initially. On Monday, the bench initiated contempt proceedings against him for coming late. When Jeswani came to know about it, he immediately drafted a three-page reply along with an apology and rushed to the court to submit them. However, the court blasted him in some terse words for his attitude. Jeswani was told to take official leave on Tuesday to file a detailed reply. On Tuesday, during hearing of contempt proceedings, the court first fired Chopdar Bhange for twisting the message of Jeswani while narrating it to the court. Jeswani, who is on the verge of retirement, was initially handed two weeks' suspension. However, after tendering apology and considering his unblemished past record, the suspension was revoked.