SC orders disciplinary proceedings against lower court judge

The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the Delhi HC Chief Justice to initiate disciplinary action against city`s Additional District Judge Archana Sinha for defying an apex court`s order.

Last Updated: May 10, 2011, 15:04 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday
directed the Delhi High Court Chief Justice to initiate
disciplinary action against city`s Additional District Judge
Archana Sinha for defying an apex court`s order and staying
eviction proceeding against a tenant.

Though the judge herself tendered an unconditional
apology in the open court and repeatedly sought "mercy", the
apex court rejected her plea, saying that a stern message
should go across the country against growing corruption in the
subordinate judiciary.

A bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha
Misra expressed serious concern over growing corruption in the
subordinate judiciary involving judges, advocates and the
litigants.

The apex court pointed out that because of growing
nexus between the three sections, there is growing adverse
public perception against the entire judiciary.

Though senior counsel Jayant Bhushan and other
advocates appearing for the beleaguered judge pleaded with
the bench to pardon her, the apex court said, "Archana Sinha
had no business to over write its order."

"Archana Sinha had no business to defy our order and
she has become a super Supreme Court," the bench observed.

The bench passed the order on a contempt petition
filed by the landlord complaining that the judge on April 23
stayed the eviction proceedings against the tenant despite the
fact that the apex court on October 6, 2010 had dismissed the
tenant`s appeal against the eviction order.

The tenant had also given an undertaking to vacate the
premises within six months. However, instead of complying with
the order, the tenant had approached the Additional District
Judge Sinha and had obtained a stay on the eviction
proceedings.

PTI