HYDERABAD: Dealing with a civil revision petition seeking a stay on all further proceedings in a lower court, justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy of the High Court has said that he is prima facie satisfied that the plaintiff and the fifth defendant of the case are interfering with the administration of justice.
He has directed them to personally be present in the court on April 18.
After perusing the report of the first additional junior civil judge, Guntur, the judge has said any act which lowers the authority of any court or interferes with judicial proceedings or obstructs the administration of justice constitutes criminal contempt.
He said in his order that defendant number 5 (Narne Jagadeesh Kumar), who was present in the court, was questioned about his conduct before the lower court but he did not appear to show remorse.
The demeanour and behaviour of the defendant showed that he had no respect for the courts, he remarked.
The Guntur court judge, in his report, said: "I crave for mercy of the High Court to save the presiding officer of this court from the clutches of both the parties and more particularly the fifth defendant. Both of them are causing obstruction without disposal of main suit on merits and are causing threat to the presiding officer while conducting trial in respect of an old suit. Whenever the suit is posted, there is a quarrel between the plaintiff and the fifth defendant and thereby causing inconvenience to judicial proceedings."