New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought
a response from noted advocate Ashok Arora as to why contempt
proceedings will not be initiated against him for casting
aspersions against a senior judge for acquitting former IPS
officer R K Sharma in journalist Shivani Bhatnagar murder
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also directed the Delhi Police
to take action for stopping the circulation and removing the
article from the website of the lawyer.
"One can critisize the judgment but not the judge," the
bench said and issued a contempt notice to Arora and sought
his response by November 9.
The court was acting on a PIL filed by advocate Manish
Kaushik seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceeding
against Arora for writing an article on his website
Arora had written the article after the verdict was
delivered by justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Manmohan Singh on
The court also sought a response from Delhi High Court,
Delhi government, Bar Council of India and Bar Council of
Delhi by November 9.