You can't make allegations against judges like this: Delhi High Court berates party for naming judge

In a matrimonial dispute, the wife alleged that her estranged husband tried to influence a sitting judge of the High Court for a favourable order.
You can't make allegations against judges like this: Delhi High Court berates party for naming judge
Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court today came down heavily on a party in a matrimonial dispute who made an allegation that her husband tried to influence a sitting judge of the High Court.

Justice Rekha Palli berated the wife for making such a careless submission before the Court.

The parties in the matter had separated and have a 7-year-old son. The petitioner (husband) moved the High Court to direct his wife to allow him to meet their son, after not being allowed to for the last 3 years.

The wife vehemently opposed the husband's plea before the Court and submitted that he posed a threat to her life and could also harm their son. She alleged that he had previously tried to throw acid on her face, and that he had also tried to influence a sitting judge for a favourable order.

Justice Palli, however, did not appreciate the allegation made by the wife, taking exception to her naming the sitting judge.

"You will not take the name of a judge like this. This is very unfortunate. If you have to take names, put it in writing and it will be looked into. But to make outright allegations like that, it's very wrong!"

The wife then claimed that the said statement was made by the judge himself in court.

"My Lady, Justice...made this statement himself in court. He said that he is recusing himself from the matter because my husband has tried to influence him," she said.

After hearing the submissions on both sides, the Court finally decided the plea in the husband's favour. Justice Palli allowed the husband to meet his son for two hours in a guest house, where the son will be accompanied by the wife and a local police officer, keeping in mind wife's apprehensions

In view of the above, the matter was disposed of.

The husband was represented by Advocate Swaty Singh Malik.

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