IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
SEEMA SAPRA ..... Petitioner
Through: Petitioner in person.
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO AND ORS ..... Respondents
Through: Mr.R.N. Singh, Advocate with
Mr. A.S. Singh, Advocate for R-4/Indian Railways.
Ms. Sapna Chauhan, Advocate for R-5/UOI.
Mr. P.K. Sharma, Standing Counsel with
Mr. Santosh Prasad Chaursiya and Mr. Nitish Sharma, Advocates for R-
HON'BLE MS. JUSTICE HIMA KOHLI
O R D E R
1. On 05.03.2012, the petitioner, who appears in person, had stated
that she had filed an affidavit in the Registry on 02.03.2012. As the
same was not on record, the matter was adjourned for today.
2. A perusal of the file shows that in this duration, the petitioner
has filed three additional affidavits, the first one is dated 03.03.2012
and the other two are both dated 05.03.2012. In the two affidavits filed
by the petitioner on 05.03.2012, she has requested this Court to recuse
itself from hearing the present petition. The averments made in both the
affidavits are completely baseless and the allegations levelled, a
figment of the petitioner?s imagination. The same have
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been made only to overawe the Court. However, the Court is neither
overawed nor is it cowed down by the averments made by the petitioner in
the affidavits and it declines her request to recuse itself in the
3. It is relevant to note that the petitioner is a practicing
advocate. Simply because she is appearing in person does not mean that
she can claim the same latitude that an ordinary litigant appearing in
person can. She is well aware of the manner in which a member of the Bar
is expected to conduct herself in Court. She is also expected to be aware
of the fact that a certain decorum is required to be maintained by
counsels, while addressing arguments in Court. The petitioner ought to be
mindful of the tone and tenor of the averments made by her in the
affidavits filed on record. The averments made by the petitioner in the
first affidavit dated 05.03.2012, particularly, paras 30 and 37 thereof
and in the second affidavit of the same date, particularly, para 23
thereof as also many of her utterances today are scandalous and on the
face of it, contemptuous. Despite the same, for the present, the Court
is refraining from initiating contempt proceedings against the
petitioner, while warning her to maintain decorum in Court and behave in
a manner that behoves a counsel while addressing arguments and
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filing affidavits. In future, any misdemeanour on her part shall be
4. Coming to the writ petition, issue notice. For the present, it is
deemed appropriate to confine the notice to respondents No.1 to 7 and
5. Counsels for respondent No.4/Indian Railways, respondent No.5/UOI
and respondent No.12/CBI accept notice. They state that they have
received copies of the paper book as filed by the petitioner originally,
but they have not been served with copies of the additional affidavits
filed by her subsequently. The petitioner shall furnish copies of the
additional affidavits to the counsels for the respondents. Counter affidavits be filed within four weeks with copies to the petitioner, who
may file rejoinders before the next date of hearing.
6. Process fee be filed by the petitioner for effecting service on
respondents No.1 to 3, 6 and 7 by Regd. AD post, through ordinary process
as also by courier, returnable before the Registrar on 25th April, 2012,
for completion of service and pleadings.
List in Court on 19th July, 2012.
CM 2770/2012 (for interim orders)
1. This application is filed by the petitioner for being provided
protection and for being relocated to a safe house. On being asked if
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she is seeking any directions to respondent No.3/Delhi Police to offer
her protection, the petitioner states that she is being extended threats
by the police and therefore, does not want any directions to be issued to
Delhi Police for protection. Instead, she states that respondent
No.5/UOI be directed to provide her protection.
2. Counsel for respondent No.5/UOI submits that no such arrangement
for grant of protection as sought by the petitioner can be made by
3. Orders on the present application can be passed only after perusing
the replies of the respondents. Replies to this application be filed
within three weeks with copies to the petitioner, who may file
rejoinders, if necessary, before the next date of hearing.
List on 9th May, 2012.
HIMA KOHLI, J
MARCH 07, 2012
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