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Lawyer rebuked for using unp'tary words in petition against PM

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Madras High Court today pulled up a city-based advocate for using unparliamentary words in his petition against the Prime Minister and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, before dismissing his petition.

The First Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan dismissed the petition by advocate R Balasubramanyan and said that being a lawyer, he was intemperate and had used abusive words and unparliamentary language against high constitutional authorities such as the Prime Minister and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Balasubramanyan had filed a writ petition seeking to direct to withdraw the power conferred on public sector oil companies for fixing the rate of petrol and diesel in terms of his August 1, 2013 representation and had appeared in person.

He had used some derogatory remarks against the Prime Minister on which Additional Solicitor General of South India P Wilson contended that his words were derogatory and unparliamentary.

The petitioner also submitted that fixation of selling price of petroleum products was the policy decision of the government and it depended upon the crude oil prices in the international market.

The bench observed that the petitioner being a practicing advocate and belonging to a noble profession and a representative of citizens, should have been more polite in his choice of words.

It further said the language used in the writ petition was clearly abusive.

The bench said the petitioner is interpretative and used abusive language and hopes and trusts he would use polite language in the representation as well as in the pleadings and therefore not inclined to award costs.

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First Published: Tue, August 13 2013. 15:27 IST