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Man sends HC 20K, wants 1-hour hearing

MUMBAI: Tired of a ‘tareekh pe tareekh’ situation, a senior citizen from Pune couriered a Rs 20,000 cheque to the Bombay high court’s registry in exchange for his matter to be posted for an early hearing. Anil Tikotekar also sent a letter to the court and an email to the registry’s official address, offering the money.

An irate division bench of Justices P B Majmudar and Amjad Sayed on Friday called the letter “reckless” . Tikotekar apologized to the court and must now file an affidavit tendering the apology along with a request to withdraw the letter.

“Nobody has a right to address any letter to the judges in any manner, as it may…interfere with the administration of justice,” the judges observed.

Tikotekar offered Rs 20,000 for a 60-minute hearing before the judges. “Tomorrow if someone deposits Rs 1 crore, should we hear him for an entire day?” said an irked Justice Majmudar.

Tikotekar, a trader in his mid-60 s and a resident of Shivaji Nagar, Pune, has the power of attorney to argue on behalf of his wife Anagha, who filed an appeal in an arbitration case in 2004.

Desperate appeal

Pune trader Anil Tikotekar, in his mid-60 s, is fighting an arbitration case on behalf of his wife, Anagha He said an appeal in the case listed for January 11, 2011 was not put on board, nor mentioned in the weekly list Tikotekar couriered a Rs 20,000 cheque to the Bombay high court registry, asking that he get an early, 60-minute hearing as he was unwell.

He also wrote to the court, offering money “If someone deposits Rs 1 crore, should we hear him for an entire day?” said an incensed Justice Majmudar Tikotekar apologized. He must now file an affidavit and withdraw the letter

Pune man may be in contempt for offering HC money

The appeal has since been heard and adjourned . The judges observed that Tikotekar told the court that “by ignorance and mistake, it has been mentioned in the letter that if 60 minutes time is given to him, he is ready to deposit Rs 20,000 with this court” . “So far as the amount is concerned, it is for him to approach the registry and withdraw the same by filing the appropriate application,” the judges said.

In his email sent to the registry on January 9, Tikotekar said the appeal in the arbitration case had been listed for hearing on January 11, 2011. However, the case was not put on the board and was not even mentioned in the weekly list.

“I am a senior citizen and have to come from Pune every time. I am unable to walk properly and I am under treatment for the same. Please allot me a particular date and please arrange to put the matter high on board so that I am saved the agony of going through uncertainties and travelling problems,” he said in the email.

“Matter was partly heard on November 20 and 21, 2010 and was then heard by another bench on November 29, 2010,” he added.

The judges also said they might consider contempt proceedings against Tikotekar for interfering with the administration of justice, after going through the affidavit tendering his apology. “In the judicial system, the judges are required to decide the cases after hearing both the sides and no litigant can write a letter of such a nature to prejudice the mind of judges,” the bench observed.

The matter has been posted next for hearing on January 27. A division bench in 2004 had admitted Anagha Tikotekar’s appeal against a share trading firm. She had deposited Rs 87,415 with the registry as per the court’s directives.

Read more: Man sends HC 20K, wants 1-hour hearing – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Man-sends-HC-20K-wants-1-hour-hearing/articleshow/7338862.cms#ixzz1Bk86nS5Q

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