Don’t boycott courts, Chief Justice tells lawyers

Published: 15th December 2012 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th December 2012 11:17 AM   |  A+A-

The Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen, who is set for elevation to the Supreme Court in January, said he was happy that during his 15-month tenure in the HC no prejudice orders came from his bench.

Speaking at the farewell function organised by the Bar Council of Karnataka on Friday, Justice Sen said, “I have been mindful of the oath of office to which I have sworn adherence on my elevation as a high court judge. I have consciously decided not to harbour any bias or ill will.”

He said, “The larger part of my career has been spent as an advocate and, therefore, it is understandable that my sympathies remain with the Bar. However, that does not justify any undue favouritism to the Bar association...If partiality is shown to any party it will not be the first time, it shall inexorably be followed by meting out similar treatment to others,” he said, and added: “The Bar association should not boycott any court if a decision or verdict is not to their likes and wishes.”

The Chief Justice further said: “The HC must have its own Bar association. Likewise, city civil courts, magistrate courts and Mayo Hall courts should also have their own Bar associations membership should be extended only to practising lawyers. This will liberate these associations from political pressures.”

Thanking all those who helped him conduct judicial proceedings, Justice Sen said, “I am impressed with the level of knowledge of the advocates here. When the Bar Council had taken a decision to boycott courts on June 12, there were many senior advocates present in Court Hall 1.”

Two other judges — Justice M Y Eqbal (Madras HC) and V Gopalagowda (Orissa HC) — will also be elevated to the Supreme Court.

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