Justice B S Patil today recommended to the Registrar
General of the High Court to initiate contempt of court
proceedings against Basha who had yesterday appealed to the
single Judge not to hear and decide the two petitions filed by
Yeddyurappa challenging summons issued by the Special
Justice Patil also announced he is recusing from hearing
The Judge had on September 30 stayed proceedings against
Yeddyurappa and others before the Special Lokayukta Court in
two cases. However, this was set aside by a division bench on
Basha had submitted in an affidavit yesterday that this
court (Justice Patil) granted stay order in both petitions
(filed by Yeddyurappa) commenting on his (Basha's) conduct
that he has adopted delaying tactics. "But I submit that there
was no such tactics adopted by either me or by my
advocate....therefore, I am deeply hurt and I feel that the
decision be rendered by some judge other than your lordship".
"I don't want to hear the cases", Justice Patil said
today and added he is "dictated by his conscience". He,
however, made it clear that his decision does not mean that he
is "accepting" what Basha said in his affidavit.
The Judge felt the affidavit is aimed at "obstructing
justice and court proceedings and affecting the "purity" of
the legal process.
Stating he is "disturbed" by the "insinuation" made in
the affidavit, the judge said "can an advocate (Basha) stoop
to such a level?".
Justice Patil also opined that if contempt proceedings
were not initiated, similar affidavits are likely to be filed
by others in different cases praying for change of bench.
Bangalore: Advocate Sirajin Basha, on whose
complaints the Special Lokayukta court on Saturday issued arrest
warrant against former Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa, is facing contempt proceedings in the High Court.
First Published: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 22:08