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SC warns against use of abusive language

In a stern warning, the Supreme Court on Friday said it will neither tolerate the use of "intemperate" and "indecorous" language nor will it allow the court to be used as a platform for abusing anyone.



New Delhi: In a stern warning, the
Supreme Court on Friday said it will neither tolerate the use of
"intemperate" and "indecorous" language nor will it allow the
court to be used as a platform for abusing anyone.

"We will not allow this court to be used as a platform
for abusing anyone. We will not allow anyone to use the court
to abuse a chief minister," a Bench comprising justices G S
Singhvi and C K Prasad said.
The observations were made as the Bench was anguished
over a letter written by a Mumbai-based litigant to the apex
court registry in which he had cast aspersions on some judges
and advocates.

The judges said the fax message sent by Anil Gulabdas
Shah to the Registry contained "highly intemperate" and
"indecorous" language.

Accordingly, the court had asked him to tender an
unconditional apology.

However, when the court resumed the hearings after the
lunch and perused the affidavit filed by Shah, it expressed
its displeasure and warned him of initiating contempt action
against him.
"We are convinced that he has not tendered an
unconditional apology for his highly intemperate and
indecorous language. We would not allow him with his nuisance.
The affidavit is rejected. We are not going to hear him," the
Bench said.

The court was hearing an appeal by Mumbai-based
construction company Ackruti City Ltd which had challenged the
Bombay High Court order staying the construction on a track of
land in which Shah was the owner of certain part.

After senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the
construction company completed the submission, Shah, who was
allowed to argue his case in person, alleged that the
Maharashtra chief minister received money for allowing the
project.

This submission of Shah infuriated the Bench which
asked him to restrain himself from advancing such arguments.

"You cannot abuse a chief minister. Are you a
journalist? Generally they (journalists) do that. Don`t do
that...the chief minister is equated as fourth class employee.
It is ridiculous and we cannot allow the court to be used as a
platform to abuse the chief minister. You are crossing all
barriers. You are crossing the boundary line," the Bench
observed.

The Bench concluded the hearing by staying the order
of the high court and asking to expeditiously dispose of the
pending petition on the dispute.

PTI

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