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New Delhi, March 2 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday pondered as to what should be an appropriate ‘Ankush’ (curb) to stop people from using bad language for criticising the court.
A bench headed by Justice S.K. Kaul said: “We do not believe in hanging philosophy. What should be an appropriate Ankush?” The top court made the observation during the hearing of a plea against the recall of Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHCAA) President Yatin Oza’s senior designation by the Gujarat High Court in a suo moto contempt case last year.
A battery of senior advocates represented the GHCAA and Oza in the Supreme Court. Oza’s counsel argued that taking away the senior gown is a veritable kiss of death, as it takes away his professional career.
“The gown was taken away in July last year, and he had hardly gone to the court since then. There is no question of doing it again. He has undergone enough humiliation,” argued senior advocate Arvind Datar.
Justice Kaul noted that the court needs to perform a balancing act, keeping in mind the sentiments of the high court, as a full court decided to take action against him.


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