Justice Mishra apologises after advocates urge him to be patient with lawyers

Arun Mishra, Supreme Court, Land Acquisition Act
Justice Arun Mishra said that he respected the Bar more than any other judge. Photo: PTI

After Supreme Court advocates requested Justice Mishra on Thursday (December 5) to be patient in dealing with lawyers, Justice Arun Mishra apologised. This comes after the judge warned a lawyer of contempt while arguing a land acquisition matter two days ago.

“If anybody has felt anything at any point of time, with folded hands, I am apologising,” Justice Mishra said. After the advocates mentioned the issue, he also added that he respects the Bar more than any other judge.

A battery of senior advocates, led by Kapil Sibal, Mukul Rohatgi, Abhishek Singhvi and Supreme Court Bar Association president Rakesh Khanna, mentioned this issue as soon as a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and MR Shah assembled in court number 3 for the day’s proceedings.

The issue has cropped up as Justice Mishra, who is heading a five-judge constitution bench hearing land acquisition matters, had warned senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday of contempt while he was advancing his arguments in the matter.

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