Contempt Jurisdiction III

This is not the first time that Shri Nedumpara has attempted to browbeat and insult Judges of this Court. He is in the habit of using intemperate language to achieve his ends before several Judges of the Bombay High Court. Contempt when committed in the face of the Court, Judges’ hands are not tied behind their backs. This Court in Sukhdev Singh Sodhi, 1954 SCR 454 proceeded cautiously. But, made it clear, where a Judge is personally attacked, it would be proper for the Judge to deal with the matter himself. A conduct of this kind deserves punishment which is severe. Though we could have punished Shri Nedumpara, in the interest of justice, we issue notice to Shri Nedumpara as to the punishment to be imposed upon him.

Hon’ble Justice R.F. Nariman, National Lawyers Campaign for Judicial Transparency and Reforms v. Union of India, [Writ Petition (Civil) No. 191 of 2019].