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SC fumes at HP Govt for mentioning case filed by wife of apex court judge

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An was today told by the not to be a 'chamach' (spoon) of the state when he drew its attention to the fact that the wife of an apex court judge, hearing a matter regarding unauthorised constructions in in Himachal Pradesh, has filed a plea in the

The apex court took umbrage when the government's placed before it the details of the case.

"Does the state has nothing else to do? What about governance? What about governing the state? Tell your state that this will not be tolerated," a bench headed by Justice told the

"Do not be the mouthpiece of somebody who has some vested interest. You are an and officer of the court and not a 'chamach' of the state. Do not do it ever again," Justice Lokur observed.

In colloquial Hindi, a chamach or spoon denotes a stooge.

The bench, also comprising Justices S and Deepak Gupta, took strong exception that the state has placed before it the detail of a pending case in the in which the issue of encroachment on forest land in has been raised.

Senior P S Patwalia, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, said the matter which was being referred by the state was "totally separate" from what the apex court was hearing.

At the outset, the told the court that the state, while going through the details of cases pending in the on the issue of encroachment and illegal constructions, came across one petition filed by the wife of one of the judges sitting in the bench.

The bench asked the whether he had read the contents of the petition which he was referring to.

The counsel said he has not gone through the plea filed in January 2002, which has been pending in the high court.

During the brief hearing, the bench asked the state about the status of case in which on May 1, and Shail Bala Sharma had gone to supervise the demolition of unauthorised construction at Kasauli's Narayani Guest House where its owner had allegedly shot her dead.

The counsel said that Singh was currently in judicial custody and the process of filing the charge sheet in the case was going on.

The bench posted the matter for hearing in October.

On May 9, the apex court had suggested that the should take action against those officials who were posted in when illegal constructions had come up there and sought their names and designations.

The court had earlier taken cognisance of the incident in which Sharma was killed, terming the incident as very unfortunate and observed that it had happened due to "non-implementation" of the law.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 20:00 IST