Nagpur: City lawyer Satish Uke sees red in the face on Wednesday as the the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court slapped one more suo motu contempt case on lawyer Satish Uke while asking him to deposit another Rs 2 lakh as cash security with the court registry. In an earlier suo motu contempt, he was told to deposit cash security of similar amount by the court on February 8, which he had done.
The decision came in the aftermath of his habit of making allegations against sitting judges and lawyers and his delaying tactics,
For the first time in Nagpur bench’s history, the hearing took place with two video cameras inside the courtroom as demanded by Uke himself. The courtroom was packed with lawyers and court staff wanting to witness first ever video recorded hearing. Many also thronged the courtroom anticipating the lawyer earning a censure from the court in criminal contempt initiated by Justice Ravi Deshpande.
A division bench of Justice Prasanna Varale and Justice Zaka Haq refused to heed to pleas for adjournment made by Uke. He tried many ways to escape court’s wrath, including complaining of uneasiness and ill-health. The judges immediately summoned a doctor and made her sit through the hearing. Keeping in mind Uke’s history of coming up with excuses to adjourn proceedings, the judges told him to remain present on Thursday by 10.30am for hearing, else they would proceed with the contempt order.