BENAGLURU: Angry with advocates seeking adjournments by citing unconvincing and vague reasons, a senior judge of the Karnataka High Court expressed displeasure against such advocates.
Justice N. Kumar said that there is talk the judges finish and rise early. “But what can the judges do if the advocates are not ready,” he observed.
An advocate sought an adjournment citing that a senior advocate fell from the stairs and was unable to be present.
In another case, another advocate sought an adjournment citing that the senior advocate was busy as he was engaged in another case, to which the judge recorded their submissions before adjourning the cases.
Earlier, the judge heard over 100 matters pertaining to Regular First Appeal (RFA), Civil Contempt Petition (CCC), Review Petition (RP) and others that were listed before his bench, in just over 50 minutes.
The bench said that RFA matter are the real litigation property matters and comes with huge documents and orders from the lower court.
“The judges read all the documents and come prepared to hear the arguments, but is it very unfortunate that advocates are not prepared to make their submissions,” the bench observed.
The judge also took government advocates to task, observing that they are acting like clerks.
Plea for CBI probe into hoardings dismissed
The High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking directions for a CBI inquiry into the advertising nexus that allegedly exists in the BBMP, and to ban all flex boards and unauthorised advertisement hoardings.
The court dismissed the plea as the state government has handed over the inquiry to the CID, saying there is no need for a CBI inquiry.
The petitioner, Sai Dutta, has said that a BBMP assistant commissioner in his report has stated that there is a loss of Rs 2,000 crore to the BBMP’s
revenue by not collecting the advertisement fee from hoardings across the city.
The petitioner has contended that there is uncontrolled and unauthorised advertisement hoardings erected on both the sides of the roads in the city and the zonal commissioners have failed to collect penalty from illegal hoardings or removal of illegal hoardings.