“You practice law, don’t decide law”, Supreme Court to terminated Tis Hazari judge
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“You practice law, don’t decide law”, Supreme Court to terminated Tis Hazari judge

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a petition filed by Nitesh Gupta, whose service was terminated four days before he was set to take charge as Metropolitan Magistrate in Tis Hazari.

The son of former Delhi High Court judge VP Vaish, Gupta was retired after he failed to provide a satisfactory explanation with respect to interest free loans taken by him to the tune of Rs. 5.73 crore.

Gupta had moved the Supreme Court against the same.

The matter today came up before a Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha. Senior Advocate Amit Sibal appeared for Gupta.

As soon as the matter was taken up, the Bench expressed its disinclination to entertain the case.

“Regardless of any name, we think you should practice law and not decide law. There are half-a dozen questions which we can ask you but we are refraining from doing so”, remarked Justice Gogoi.

Though Sibal tried to persuade the Bench, Gogoi J refused to budge.

Gupta then proceeded to withdraw the petition.

High Court had terminated the services of Nitesh Gupta four days before he was set to take charge as Metropolitan Magistrate in Tis Hazari.

Gupta is the son of sitting Meghalaya High Court judge, Justice VP Vaish who was earlier a judge of the Delhi High Court.

Gupta was on probation and was undergoing training at Patiala House Court when the decision to terminate him was taken in a Full Court meeting held on August 9 by the Delhi High Court led by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal.

It was a unanimous decision by the Full Court.

The action was taken after Gupta failed to provide satisfactory explanation with respect to interest free loans taken by him to the tune of Rs. 5.73 crore.

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