The Supreme Court on Tuesday advised a law student to not call the judges as “Your honour” as it happens in US Supreme Court.
“When you call us ‘Your Honour” it appears that you have the US Supreme Court in mind,” a bench headed by the Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices V Ramasubramanian and A S Bopanna told the law student.
After being advised he immediately apologised to the bench and said that he will call the court as “Your Lordship”.
Replying to his apology the bench said, “Whatever, but don’t use inappropriate terms”.
The bench further said that in US Supreme Court and in Magisterial court here, the term “Your honour” can be used but not in the Indian Supreme Court.
After that the bench moved with his case and asked the student about his case for which he was in the court, to which the student said that his plea seeks for strengthening the infrastructure of criminal jurisdiction in India.
After hearing his plea the bench asked him, if he knows that there is already a case relating to the same pending in the Supreme Court. In the case directions have been passed to strengthen the infrastructure of judiciary right up to subordinate judiciary level in a phased wise manner, told the bench.
However, the student did not know about the case, to which the bench said that the student has not done his homework before approaching the apex body of court.
The pending case was titled as the Malik Mazhar Sultan versus UPSC in which direction have been issued to the Centre, High Courts and various state governments.
Following which the bench adjourned the case for four weeks and asked the student to come prepared on the day of next hearing.