Saturday, April 11, 2015

HC fines lawyer for contempt of court

HC has imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on a lawyer for committing contempt of court by levelling false allegations of corruption against judicial officer B J Ganatra, who upheld the clean chit given by the SC appointed SIT to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others in connection with the 2002 riots.

Not pleased with the court's view in one of the cases he used to appear before, advocate Barot wrote a letter to the HC accusing then metropolitan magistrate Ganatra of indulging in corruption. When asked to furnish evidence to substantiate his claims, the lawyer did not come up with any. When the HC initiated contempt of court proceedings against him for wrongly accusing a judge, the lawyer tendered unconditional apology.

The HC slapped a fine of Rs 2,000 on the advocate for his mistake.

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