In a recent case, GP Bhaskar v. Sumathi, the Madras High Court fined a man 50,000 for contempt of court against a judge of the city’s Family Court on the grounds that the judge had not completed his divorce proceedings by the deadline set by the High Court.
The Madras High Court’s Justice GK Ilanthiraiyan ordered the individual, GP Bhaskar, to deposit the money with the Chief Justice’s Relief Fund in a decision rendered on December 9.
The court ruled that Bhaskar’s contempt motion was an obvious example of abuse of the legal system. It also questioned why the High Court Registry had mechanically numbered the contempt petition rather than properly evaluating it.
This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.