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High Drama In Supreme Court, Advocate Evicted, Slapped With Rs 1 Lakh Costs

New Delhi, Mar 22: High drama was today witnessed in the Supreme Court when a lawyer was forcibly evicted from a court room by the security as he refused to stop arguing even after his

PTI [ Updated: March 22, 2012 18:22 IST ]
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high drama in supreme court advocate evicted slapped with rs 1 lakh costs

New Delhi, Mar 22: High drama was today witnessed in the Supreme Court when a lawyer was forcibly evicted from a court room by the security as he refused to stop arguing even after his PIL seeking removal of Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal was dismissed.


At the outset, a bench of justices H L Dattu and A K Dave had made it clear to the advocate Ashoke Pande that the petition was “frivolous” and it would impose exemplary cost if he goes ahead with the arguments.

Testing the patience of the bench, Pande went ahead with his arguments for more than one hour during which he raised all sorts of issues including appointing a Constitution bench for his matter.

Despite giving more than one hour to put forward his view on the issue, which is not normally not given in matters for mentioning, the advocate continued with his repetitive arguments.

Fed up with his argumets, the bench dismissed his petition and imposed the cost of Rs 1 lakh, saying the plea is “misconceived” and “misleading” causing “wastage of court's precious time”.

The petitioner, however, made submissions even after the order was dictated and then sought apology with folded hands.  

Not sympathising with his gesture, the bench told him that it had warned him at the beginning of the hearing and called the security to take him away as he continued with his arguments.

The lawyer was taken out of court room forcibly by two security guards.

The bench said Pande will have to deposit the cost to the Gujarat Legal Services Authority within a week failing which recovery process would be initiated.

He had approached the apex court challenging Gujarat High Court order dismissing his PIL for recall of the governor and slapping a penalty of Rs 25,000 on him for frivolous litigation.

He sought removal of the governor after Chief Minister Narendra Modi allegedly wrote a letter to the Prime Minister to recall her for appointing Justice R A Mehta as Lokayukta without his consent.

Dismissing the “frivolous” PIL, the court chided Pande for filing the “misconceived” and “misleading” petition leading to the “wastage of court's precious time”.

Pande, a native of Uttar Pradesh, had approached the apex court challenging Gujarat High Court order dismissing his PIL for recall of the governor and slapped him with a penalty of Rs 25,000 for frivolous litigation.

He had sought removal of the governor after Chief Minister Narendra Modi allegedly wrote a letter to the Prime Minister to recall her for appointing Justice R A Mehta as Lokayukta without his consent.

Pande had sought recall of the governor on the ground that her appointment itself was void ab initio because the Centre had not taken Modi's consent before making her the governor.

The bench even told him that it was difficult to make it out whether he was seeking recall of the governor or questioning the way she was appointed.

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