Delhi high court retires DC judge earlyDelhi high court retires DC judge early

The Delhi high court has asked the lower court judge who had granted bail to Unitech's promoters in April to retire early effective yesterday.

Additional district and sessions judge Raj Kapoor, who was posted in the Patiala House court, was relieved from his post yesterday, by order of Delhi high court chief justice Gita Mittal.

According to authoritative sources in the Delhi high court, the decision was taken in a full court meeting of the Delhi high court last week, in which three lower court judges' service records were reviewed. The source explained that the high court reviews lower court judges' service records when they reach the age of 58, as a matter of procedure.

Based on the service record the HC either allows the lower court judges to continue in their post until they attain the age of 60, or asks them to retire immediately.

Kapoor was the only one of the three reviewed judges who was asked to retire in this round, said the source.

Kapoor had on 10 April granted three months interim bail to the promoters of Unitech, one day after they were arrested for alleged cheating and fraud in a Gurgaon-based real estate project, PTI had reported.

In June, the Delhi high court's registrar (vigilance) seized three computers of the Patiala House sessions court for forensic analysis to determine whether the judgments pronounced by one particular judge of the Patiala House sessions court had been written on those computers or not, reported Hindi newspaper Dainik Jagran adding that the action was taken on complaints alleging corruption against that judge.

Jagran's report, translated into English by the blog Latest Laws states that the judgments pronounced by the accused judge were allegedly written in undue haste and that “there were other allegations of Corruption against this particular Judge as lately he had granted Bail to a Builder arrested by the Police for Cheating the investors in Delhi- NCR.”

Kapoor was not reachable for comment at the time of going to press.

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Like +2 Object -1 Guest 01 Aug 17, 19:14
Please don't call it the Patiala High Court!
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Like +14 Object -2 -- 01 Aug 17, 19:58  interesting  top rated
What a misleading story!

District court judges retire at the age of 58. The review of service records is to consider an extension of service for two years.

This is a case where an extension was refused. However, the story, specifically the click bait headline Sounds like the High Court ordered a serving district court judge to retire!!

Also, sources explained? Really!!
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Like +4 Object -1 Lexpert 02 Aug 17, 17:08
Terribly misleading story! This is truly atrocious reporting!!
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 03 Aug 17, 06:13
Please cover this explosive story: Shanti Bhushan has written an article openly accusing the next CJI of corruption:

https://thewire.in/163957/dipak-misra-chief-justice-of-india-land-allotment-case/
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Like +1 Object -0 Delhi lawyer 04 Aug 17, 13:29
It is more important to review mid-career judges at trial courts who have mastered many dark arts that should not be practised.
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