Lawyers shouted at CJI Misra during Ayodhya hearing. Here's what happened next
The CJI has raised serious concern over the recent trend of some senior advocates raising their voice and shouting at judges while arguing cases.
In unprecented remarks, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Thursday raised serious concern over the recent trend of some senior advocates raising their voice and shouting at judges while arguing cases, almost trying to browbeat to get favourable orders.
The CJI was blunt in saying that it only showed the "inadequacy, incompetence and the fact that they are not even eligible to become seniors"
Ironically, CJI Misra himself has been the victim during the Ayodhya case hearing on Tuesday and power tussle case between Delhi government and Lt Governor on Wednesday.
The CJI issued a warning: "If the Supreme Court Bar Association does not regulate such members, we will be forced to regulate them. "When lawyers argue in a manner not in tune with Constitutional language, we will tolerate it, but for how long? If the Bar does not regulate itself, we will be compelled to regulate."
Interestingly, the comments come after senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Dushyant Dave and Rajeev Dhavan had shouted at the CJI during the Ayodhya hearing while animatedly pleading to defer the hearing to post 2019 Lok Sabha polls to ensure that the BJP does not get a chance to draw mileage out of it.
The second instance was when Dhavan and CJI had a heated exchange on Wednesday during the hearing of the Kejriwal government versus Lt Governor power tussle matter.
"Unfortunately, a small group of senior counsel think they can raise their voices. But they must understand that raising voices will not be tolerated," the CJI said.
The comments came after former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium, while arguing a case, said the trend of senior advocates raising their voice in most inappropriate manner is getting acute by the day in court and added that all advocates must exercise restraint and show respect to the institution.
He had expressed his anguish at the loud and extraordinary remarks of senior lawyers Sibal, Dhavan and Dave in the Ayodhya even recording in the order that: "If we permit ourselves to say so, the submissions were shocking and surprising and when we proceeded to record so, prayer was made not to do so and we accepting the fervent request made by the counsels refrained from recording so". The bench had noted that the submissions advanced was "medieval and sans any reason".