June 4, 2018
The Punjab & Haryana High Court recently sentenced an Advocate to a month’s simple imprisonment for contempt of Court, over a Facebook post criticising the judicial conduct of a High Court judge.
The post in question was attributed to the personal Facebook account of Advocate Manish Vashishth, who also works as a correspondent for the Punjab Kesari (Hisar Edition).
The Facebook post criticised the conduct of Justice Inderjit Singh in ruling against the Advocate/contemnor last August, while deciding a dispute between him and two BSNL employees. These employees, and their lawyer, HPS Ghuman, later brought the attention of the High Court to the social media post.
A translated version of the post, which finds mention in the judgment reads as follows: