A Judge who is ignorant of legal principles will cause serious lapses in delivering justice, observed the Patna High Court. It recommended that a district judge be sent to Judicial Academy for training to know how to make up his mind to administer justice.
The Patna HC severely came down against a district judge of West Chamapran in Bihar for having written a wrong judgement without evaluating the evidences and showing most objectionable attitude in irresponsibly trying the case.
Accused Duleep Mahato was convicted and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for having sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in 2018 on an appeal filed by the accused. The Patna High Court set aside the conviction observing the trial has not disclosed any offence at all.
The High Court was of the view that the district judge who tried the case was devoid of knowledge in legal principles and the trial was severely vitiated. The district judge did not understand the contradictions in the evidences adduced by the prosecution. There were serious defects in it. It was so surprising that no witnesses supported the prosecution case. In such serious setback the district judge should have acquitted the accused.
A judge is having an onerous duty. He deals with the life and liberty of the accused. If he tries the case so shabbily without adhering and understanding to the legal principles, it will be a disaster. The High court observed that in the circumstances the district judge needs training as to how the responsible duties of a judicial officer can be exercised judicially and impartially. There is a Judicial Academy to train judicial officers.
The High Court brought the matter before the Chief Justice for further follow up action.