Karnataka HC upholds compulsory retirement imposed upon civil judge

BENGALURU:  The Karnataka High Court has upheld the judgement requiring a civil judge's compulsory retirement after a judge was caught in the act during a surprise visit from the Principal District Judge while signing order sheets from the day before.

While issuing the order on Wednesday, the bench presided over by Justice P.S. Dinesh Kumar noted that maintaining a high level of probity and honesty was a trademark of judges.

"The order sheet should not be used to record procedures that have not yet occurred in court. Judges are judicial officers, and it is unacceptable for them to engage in such activity. Plaintiffs in court cases do so with the utmost confidence. If this is allowed, the proceedings will not be sacred "Judge Dinesh Kumar made a note.

The plea Shivanand Laxman Anchi submitted in this regard was dismissed by the bench. According to the inquiry report, the accused civil judge neither put the witnesses through a cross-examination nor presented evidence in support of himself.

The civil judge was signing order papers that were typed on a computer and marking the date from the previous day, according to the Principal District Judge, who claimed that the civil judge did not sign the attendance registrar. When questioned, the bench clerk admitted that he had got the order typed as per oral instructions.

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