Madras High Court hauls up litigant who called Judicial Magistrate a “Bastard” for Contempt of Court [Read Order]
Madras High Court hauls up litigant who called Judicial Magistrate a “Bastard” for Contempt of Court [Read Order]

The Madras High Court recently had occasion to draw the curtains on a “legal play” of sorts involving a disgruntled litigant who had called a judicial magistrate a bastard and whose no-onion childhood diet eventually found a place in the judicial order sentencing him for contempt of Court.

The peculiar case was traced back to a civil dispute lost by one, Manoharan, before a District Civil Court. Embittered by his loss, Manoharan is alleged to have berated his legal opponent one night and thereafter shown his private parts to his opponent’s family, including a minor daughter.

This led to a criminal case being lodged against Manoharan. A Judicial Magistrate, K Arunachalam, eventually awarded him a conviction under the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

Aggrieved by the same, Manoharan first filed an appeal before the Sessions Court. At the same time, he also approached the Madurai Bench of the High Court to quash the criminal proceedings. However, the High Court’s appeal examiner did not number the petition as he felt the same was not maintainable. Instead, he posted it before the Court for deciding on the issue of maintainability.

Manoharan chose to respond by sending a representation in August 2017 condemning the appeal examiner as a “fraud” and, in the passing, referring the Judicial Magistrate, K Arunachalam as a “bastardwho had killed justice. The representation was sent to the Registrar (Judicial) with copies to the President of India, the Prime Minister of India, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

The Chief Justice eventually directed the initiation of contempt proceedings against Manoharan. The Advocate General accorded his consent for the same, and the matter was placed in due course before the Bench of Justices PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi, which holds the portfolio for contempt cases.

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