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Legal Fraternity up in arms against Times of India for Malicious reporting on sitting HC Justice

May,20,2016:

Senior Advocate Indira Jaising termed the News item as a “targeted attack.”

Justice Geeta Mittal
Justice Geeta Mittal

Thirty four Advocates, including stalwarts Mr. Fali S. Nariman, Mr. Soli Sorabjee, Mr. Kapil Sibal, Mr. Dushyant Dave, Mr. Raju Ramachandran and Mr. Arvind Datar have signed a letter demanding the apology from Times of India newspaper.

The Letter has criticized the newspaper for publishing the impugned report without carrying out any verification thereof or any due diligence.

The letter said,“Judges are defenseless and handicapped as they can speak only through their judgments. Justice delivery system will be imperiled if people are permitted to use the pseudonymous to defame and spoil the reputation of Judges in this manner.

The letter issued underlines several new initiatives taken by Justice Geeta Mittal, namely the establishment of Vulnerable Witness Deposition Rooms wherein victims of sexual assaults including Rape are provided a friendly environment to depose openly.

The complaint published by TOI reads“Her Ladyship is not keen in doing any judicial work in the Court. At the cost to taxpayer hard earned Money she visits abroad 2-3 times a year. These visits are on private invitations which she procures herself. Even while she is in Delhi she is always busy attending conferences,” it alleges.

Former Additional Solicitor General of India and Senior Advocate Indira Jaising termed the News item as a “targeted attack”, and said,

“This attack is not just on her Ladyship, but on what she stands for.

She further said, “Itis better to attend conferences of woman judges across the world than attending parties.

The Delhi High Court Bar Association also came to the rescue of Hon’ble Judge’s by passing a resolution in her support on Wednesday.

The resolution of DHCBA has urged the media to act in a responsible manner.

The resolution advises the media as a whole to exercise a very higher degree of restraint and caution while reporting about sitting Judges.

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  1. //She further said, “Itis better to attend conferences of woman judges across the world than attending parties.On one hand there is shortage of judges, on the other hand judges want to attend conferences abroad at public expense. If the judge was there only for an hour a day, litigants have a right to complain and the judge has a right to defend and NEWSPAPERS HAVE A RIGHT TO REPORT. BUT reporting must be fair.
    If PM Modi or Jaitley etc and even a sweeper can be questioned by just anyone, why Judges act as if they are above God? This is the root cause of problems. NO POINT SHEDDING TEARS ABOUT THE BACKLOG OF PENDING CASES IF JUDGES ARE MISSING FROM COURTROOMS.

  2. I congrate TOI to dare speak truth. Flattery is making the judges God which they think they are.

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