In a shocking courtroom clash, Advocate’s actions lead to contempt proceedings.

In an unprecedented turn of events, the Orissa High Court has taken resolute action against an Advocate for his prima facie contemptuous behavior, which included a brazen attempt to physically confront a government counsel during a courtroom hearing. This dramatic courtroom showdown has sent shockwaves through the legal community, highlighting the vital need for decorum and respect within the hallowed halls of justice.

The incident unfolded during a hearing concerning a heart-wrenching writ petition filed by a mother grieving the tragic demise of her son while in police custody. The petitioner passionately sought compensation amounting to ₹50 lakhs for the unnatural death of her son, sparking a legal battle that would take an unexpected and contentious turn.

On a previous date, the Court had issued a stern order, demanding the personal appearance of certain police personnel who had been accompanying the deceased boy on a train journey from Mumbai to Kolkata when the fateful incident transpired. According to the police, on that fateful day, the deceased had expressed uneasiness, moved towards the train’s exit, and ultimately jumped out of the moving train, leading to his untimely demise. However, the petitioner’s counsel vehemently contested this version of events, alleging that it was blatantly false and fabricated.

Tensions flared in the courtroom when Gyanaranjan Mohapatra, Additional Standing Counsel representing the State, opposed Advocate Bahali’s impassioned submissions, triggering a heated exchange of words laden with abusive language. The typically serene courtroom atmosphere was suddenly engulfed in turmoil and confrontation.

In a shocking turn of events, Advocate Bahali attempted to physically confront ASC Mohapatra, shouting, “You, being too junior, should not make such statements, and you consistently engage in mischief and misbehave with senior colleagues.” This startling episode escalated rapidly, leaving all present in the courtroom, including the presiding Judge, in disbelief.

Justice Panigrahi, acutely aware of the importance of upholding order and respect within the hallowed halls of justice, intervened at this juncture. He implored both counsel to regain their composure and reminded them of their roles as officers of the Court, emphasizing the need to maintain decorum.

However, Advocate Bahali’s shocking response left the Court in utter dismay. He asserted that he cared little about any actions the Court might take against him and even suggested that the Court could report him to the Bar Council or the Chief Justice of India, with an unwavering conviction in his stance.

Justice Panigrahi, grappling with this unprecedented behaviorwithin his courtroom, observed, “Such misconduct by Mr. Bahali, the learned Advocate representing the petitioner, towards the Court tarnishes the sanctity of the Court and obstructs its smooth operation. This incident serves as a stark reminder that, regardless of our roles or positions, respect for the Court and its processes must always be maintained.”

The Court determined that Advocate Bahali’s conduct was entirely unbecoming of an Advocate and prima facie constituted a case of criminal contempt, punishable under Section 14 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, in conjunction with Article 215 of the Constitution.

In light of the above, let this matter be forwarded to the appropriate authority for action in accordance with the law,” ordered the Court.

This explosive courtroom clash serves as a stark reminder of the paramount importance of maintaining decorum, respect, and professionalism within the legal profession and the judiciary. Advocates are not merely representatives of their clients; they are entrusted with upholding the sanctity of legal proceedings. Any breach of this responsibility can have serious consequences, as demonstrated by the Orissa High Court’s swift and decisive action in this case. The legal fraternity is left reeling, with the incident sparking a robust debate on the boundaries of advocacy and the principles that underpin the judicial system.

Leave a Comment

× Need legal help?