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Switch off your cell please, the court's in session!

September 06, 2003 19:56 IST

The Patna high court has sentenced Madhu Kumar, an education department official, to three days' simple imprisonment for failing to switch his mobile phone off in the courtroom.

Kumar will also pay a fine of Rs 1,000.

The sentence is the first of its kind in Bihar, may be even in the country.

There are notices pasted at the Patna HC's entrance and inside on notice boards requesting people to switch off cell phones is courtrooms.

"Kumar was charged with contempt of court for interference in the administration of justice," a court official said.

Kumar's mobile phone was seized when it rang in Justice R S Garg's courtroom and he was served a show-cause notice.

The court on Friday refused to accept Kumar's apology. "You may let cell phones ring in other courts, but I will not allow a mobile phone to ring in my court," Justice Garg told Kumar.
Interestingly, just as Justice Garg was passing the order, another mobile phone began ringing. It belonged to a police officer. The phone was seized by the court.


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Number of User Comments: 17

Sub: really praising

really a wonderful decision .....this can be an example for all the people who have negative feelings about lawlessness in Bihar... thanx garg for setting ...

Posted by amar ranu

Sub: Authority rightly used

Dear Sirs, Common public will be afraid of approaching megistrate or police head quarters; as it is considered safe to remain away from power. There ...

Posted by O.G.Vanani

Sub: switch off mobile

The mobile may be switch off during driving two wheeler or Four Wheeler and in Petrol Pump. It is better to take an ideal initiativeness ...

Posted by Dr. Pankaj Goswami

Sub: It has already been given in Tamil Nadu

Hi, recently, a police officer's cell was "taken away" (? confisticated) by the court when his mobile rang inside the court room

Posted by Bruno

Sub: Its really a nuisance !!!!!!

The Patna High Court and specially Garg, J. has done a good job. The situation is such that there is hardly any value to the ...

Posted by Shantala Matti


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