SC slams Karnataka judge for indiscipline

The Supreme Court on Tuesday came out against Karnataka HC judge Shylendra Kumar for questioning the administrative prowess of state CJI Dinakaran

Updated: Jun 15, 2010, 14:14 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday came out against Karnataka HC judge Shylendra Kumar
for questioning the administrative prowess of state CJI Dinakaran

In the petition filed by the high court, it has been
alleged that while hearing a tax/customs matter, a division
bench of Justices Kumar and N Ananda, questioned the
administrative decisions taken by Justice Dinakaran and sought
information from the Registrar General about the roster of the
judges and allocation of work to judges of the principal and
circuit benches.

While slamming the judge, the apex court accused him of acting against the stated guidelines and going against its judgement.

The apex court, while staying the orders, said it will
not preclude the high court division bench from hearing the
matters on merit.

The bench asked the apex court registry to convey its
order to the registrar of the Karnataka High Court through
telephone and fax.

The spat between Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice D.V. Shailendra Kumar reached the Supreme Court Monday when the state high court filed a petition saying that a division bench headed by Justice Kumar was `berating the chief justice in the open court` and also `questioning his authority`.

Chief Justice Dinakaran is in the thick of controversy relating to alleged land encroachment and an impeachment motion already moved against him in the Rajya Sabha. Because of the controversy surrounding him, Justice Dinakaran is not attending judicial work. However, he is attending to his administrative responsibilities.

(with Agencies inputs)