Judge warns SC lawyers against 'killing the institution' on TV-debatesLast updated on May 11, 2018, 01:56 am
Justice Arun Mishra came down heavily at the Supreme Court lawyers for participating in TV debates and blamed them for 'killing the institution.'
The apex court was jolted a few days ago when an impeachment motion was moved against Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
In January, four senior judges held a press conference allegedly upset over allotment of sensitive cases to junior judges.
You want to kill everyone: Justice Mishra tells arguing lawyers
Justice Mishra vented his anger at the arguing lawyers who wanted to speak out of turn and weren't in the mood to listen to the bench.
"No one is spared... you are attacking all... targeting all. With one arrow, you want to kill everyone," said Justice Mishra.
"They discuss court proceedings on TV. We are abused like anything," the angry judge added.
Judge reminds lawyers their survival depends on the institution
"You are killing this institution every day. Lawyers will survive only if this institution survives," said the judge.
Justice Mishra's view on lawyers' behavior was supported by senior advocate Vikas Singh (who is also the President of Supreme Court Bar Association).
"An institution cannot be maligned the way it is happening. It's not in the interest of the country," Singh said.
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The case which invited Justice Mishra's ire
Justice Mishra was hearing a petition by the Medical Council of India against an ordinance passed by Kerala government, that allowed two medical colleges to admit students, despite apex court's ruling. He did not entertain a clarification application and stayed the Kerala government's ordinance.