Bengaluru, Feb 3: The High Court of Karnataka on Friday expressed its concern over a threat to senior advocate MS Shyam Sundar and said such things were unheard of in the State.
The senior counsel filed an affidavit before Justice V Srishananda that some rowdy elements were seen outside his house. The personal affidavit stated also that a woman colleague of his was stalked.
Justice V Srishananda said, "This court has got a tradition and culture and you are trying to spoil that. A responsible member of the Bar is making allegations against you. This was unheard of in Karnataka."
MS Shyam Sundar, representing Alliance University, in a petition sought cancellation of bail granted to the former chancellor of the university Madhukar G Angur. Angur was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money-laundering case and obtained bail.
The court in no uncertain terms took him to task for the threats on the advocate.
"How can you send your rowdy elements? Don't try to threaten anybody here, even if you put your hand in the nest of a sparrow, the sparrow knows that it will die in a moment but it will scratch you and then die, such is the power given by God to every living being."
Directing him to tender an apology, the court said, "You may be a big man but that makes no difference to this court."
Madhukar Angur denied that he was responsible for the rowdy elements in front of Shyam Sundar's house but issued an unconditional apology. The court recorded the submission and adjourned the hearing of the case to March 1.
The court, in its order, said, "In order to maintain harmony and to facilitate the matter to be heard on merits, this court accepts the unconditional apology tendered by Madhukar Angur and placed the same on record. This court is also of the opinion that the unconditional apology taken on record would quell the apprehensions raised by MS Shyam Sundar on his behalf and on behalf of the lady colleague as well."
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New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to consider individual cases seeking acceptance of demonetised currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denominations.
A bench comprising BR Gavai and Vikram Nath, however, allowed the individual petitioners to approach the government with a representation.
The top court directed the government to decide the representation and consider the individual grievances, if made, within a period of 12 weeks.
"After the judgement of the constitution bench, we do not find it will be permissible for us to exercise our jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution in individual cases to accept demonetised currency notes," the bench said.
It also clarified that in the event any of the petitioners are not satisfied with the action by the Union of India, they would be at liberty to approach the high court concerned.
In a majority verdict, the top court had upheld the government's 2016 decision to demonetise the currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denominations.
A five-judge Constitution bench had said the Centre's decision-making process could not have been flawed as there was consultation between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Union government.
The court had said the notification dated November 8, 2016, which announced the decision to scrap the high-value currency notes, cannot be said to be unreasonable and struck down on the ground of decision-making process.