Lok Sabha Member H. Viswanath today said that it was not proper for Karnataka High Court Chief Justice J.S. Khehar to share dais with the Chief Minister during Dasara festival in Mysore.

Addressing the media persons at Patrakarthara Bhavan, Viswanath said that the Chief Justice shared the dais with Chief Minister Yeddyurappa during inauguration of Jumboo Savari in Palace premises on Sunday.

The Chief Justice offered flowers to the idol of Chamundeshwari in golden howdah along with the Chief Minister and sat with him on the dais, he added.

The Chief Minister and the Speaker are the respondents in the case of disqualified MLAs which was before the Bench headed by the Chief Justice himself. The Chief Justice shared the dais with the Chief Minister on Oct. 17 and the Bench headed by him delivered the judgment in the case pertaining to 11 disqualified MLAs yesterday, he added.

Viswanath himself, a practicing advocate before joining politics, said that this incident has caused curiosity and suspicion among the public as to whether it was a violation of Code of Conduct.

Viswanath recalled that the Supreme Court laid down a 16-point Code of Conduct for judges in 1999 and quoted the 6th and 10th code which read as:

Code 6: A Judge should practice a degree of aloofness consistent with the dignity of his office.

Code 10: A judge should not accept gifts or hospitality except from his family members, relatives and friends.

"It is not that the Chief Justice should not attend such ceremonies. But the timing was not proper when the Chief Justice was hearing the case against the Chief Minister," he observed.

Viswanath also said that this issue should be debated widely.

Referring to the political developments, Viswanath lauded the Congress High Command for its silence during the attempts to topple the government of Karnataka.

"The Congressmen should stop this and concentrate on building the party," he added.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore