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The court was hearing a suo motu criminal contempt case initiated against a lawyer for allegedly misbehaving with a sitting High Court judge and disrupting court proceedings for 45 minutes.
The Delhi High Court on Monday granted time to a lawyer to file his reply in a suo-motu criminal contempt case initiated against him for misbehaving with a sitting judge and interrupting court proceedings.
The court was dealing with a criminal contempt case against a lawyer namely Shakti Chand Rana for his misbehavior with a sitting judge of the High Court and interrupting court proceedings for 45 minutes.
A division bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh said, “Tell us, when can you file a reply to the show cause notice.”
Advocate Shakti Chand Rana appearing in person sought a fortnight’s time to file the reply to the notice issued to him.
Accordingly, the court granted Rana two weeks to file the reply to the show-cause notice issued to him in the suo-moto criminal contempt case and directed him to appear in person on the next date of hearing i.e. February 23.
It is to be noted that on December 19, 2022, the division bench had issued a show cause notice in the suo-moto criminal contempt case.
“The suo moto contempt has been initiated pursuant to a direction issued by ld single judge as recorded in the order dated 14-12-2022. Having perused the said order we find it incumbent to issue notice to Mr. Shakti Chand Rana…to show cause why proceedings for contempt be not initiated against him. The registry is directed to issue show cause notice by all permissible modes to be executed through the SHO of the concerned police station”, the bench had ordered.
The court had directed Rana to file a reply to the show cause notice and also to be present in the court.
The suo moto contempt case was registered on the basis of an order of a single judge of the High Court before whom Rana had appeared and had ‘abruptly disrupted court proceedings’ for 45 minutes. When Rana was told that his case had not been scheduled for a hearing and was asked to leave, he "outright refused to leave and continued to shout, shriek, and create an unruly scene, disrupting the court proceedings.
Case Title: Court in its own motion v. Shakti Chand Rana
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