The Bombay High Court has taken suo motu (on its own) notice of an incident where a sessions court judge was allegedly assaulted by an assistant public prosecutor on the court premises.
Vacation judge Justice R K Deshpande of the high court’s Nagpur bench said Wednesday that such incidents are a “threat to independence of the judiciary”.
Assistant public prosecutor Dinesh Parate allegedly slapped senior civil judge K R Deshpande outside a lift on the seventh floor of the Nagpur District and Sessions court around noon Wednesday.
According to the police, the lawyer was miffed over the judge’s decision in a case.
Parate tried to run away after the incident but was caught by the police personnel present there.
Justice Deshpande of the high court noted in his order that it was a serious matter where personal security of a judge was under threat.
The high court has now issued a notice to Parate, seeking response from him within six weeks as to why action for criminal contempt of court should not be taken against him.