The Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a writ petition by an advocate which stated that when the Chief Justice of India is participating in a function here on Tuesday, the participation of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa may send a wrong impression to the lower judiciary.

In the petition, V. Arun, an advocate and a former Additional Central Government Standing Counsel, said he came to know through the print media that the Chief Minister, who was facing a criminal case, had been invited for the function to mark the inauguration of the Alternative Disputes Resolution Centre and laying the foundation for a new Administrative Block for the High Court on August 20. He submitted a representation to the Registrar-General on August 14. Her participation in the function along with Judges would send a wrong message to the public and the judiciary. The petitioner said he had filed the petition as a practising advocate.

When the First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan sought the views of the Advocate-General A.L. Somayaji, he replied that as one who was assisting the court, he would state that the petitioner was casting a slur on the judiciary. This should be condemned.

In the order, the Bench said that the judges could not be influenced by such events. The apprehension of the petitioner was misconceived. Even in the past, Chief Ministers had participated in such functions.

Even in the past, Chief Ministers had participated in such functions, says Bench