A single bench of Justice Sandeep Kumar, while hearing a civil writ application of one Aftab Hussain, directed a sub-judge posted in civil court of Patna City to furnish explanation within a week, as to what action was taken by him in compliance of the earlier directions given by the high court.
The matter relates to construction of an examination hall on 5.5 acres of land in Dhanuki Sandalpur area in Patna district.
The petitioner told the court that construction by the state government was in violation of a prohibitory order passed in a civil suit, by a court of sub-judge, Patna City. It was submitted on behalf of the state government that the said prohibitory order was not binding upon the state as it was not the party in said civil suit. However, the state, through Patna DM, filed a petition for being impleaded as party in said civil suit, to which the high court had directed the sub-judge concerned on July 4 to make expeditious hearing on state’s petition, within two weeks, preferably on day-to-day basis.
The court was informed by the state government that the sub-judge, despite being intimated about high court’s order, gave long adjournment in the case till December 22 this year.
Expressing displeasure over the action of the subordinate judge, Justice Sandeep remarked, “It seems that the sub-judge does not understand the orders of high court or is not ready to comply with the same, thus committing contempt. In both situation, the said judge is not fit to remain in the chair.”