Principal District and Sessions judge B. Kalam Pasha, while speaking in reference to lawyer’s protests over the incident at Moyan LP School reminded the lawyers of their behaviour in the court compound. Justice Pasha had stopped a Mohiniyattom performance by Dr. Neena Prasad at the Government Moyan LP School, Palakkad.
Dr. Neena Prasad objected the behaviour of the justice and her allegations ignited a series of protests by different organisations, including All India Lawyer’s Union. The Lawyer’s association gathered in the court compound and chanted slogans against the judge.
Dr. Pasha, while addressing the issue said that his personal security officer had asked the organisers to reduce the volume of the music and not to stop the programme. He added that it was DySP who caused the problem by “acting in excess”.
“It was contempt of court. The lawyers should be aware of the existing laws. Then only you can go for new laws. I found that even the office bearers of the Bar Associations we’re not aware of the fact that shouting slogans (in the court compound ) will amount to contempt.”
He added, that it taken up, the Collector and District Police Chief would have to personally remove the lawyers from the court compound.
Dr. Pasha reminded the lawyers to maintain the dignity of their profession, he also praised the lawyers of Palakkad for their behaviour in the court.
“You are excellent inside the court. But you must remember that even if you go out of the court, you are still a lawyer. A lawyer’s reputation is my reputation.”
He reminded the lawyers of the importance of functioning hand in hand by saying that, “the two sides of a coin cannot see each other, they are actually one side of the coin.”
The lawyers of the District court in Palakkad, Kerala, had organised a protest raising placards and shouting slogans to condemn district judge Kamal Pasha for ordering the police to stop the Mohiniyattam performance of dancer Neena Prasad at the Moyan Government LP School auditorium in front of the judges’ quarters on Saturday since he felt it a ‘nuisance’.
General Secretary of All India Lawyers Association had demanded the district judge to stop high handedness and intolerance towards freedom of expression through art and culture.
“It is misuse of power on the part of the judge. It is a wrong action on the part of a judge to consider a dance programme as sound nuisance. We are not questioning his judgement or judicial powers. We are requesting him to correct the mistake of directing the police to stop a cultural programme midway. Judges are there to protect the freedom of expression, art and cultural values.”CP Pramode, General Secretary ( All India Lawyers Association)
Dancer Neena Prasad in her Facebook post said that, “this is the most insulting experience of my artistic life. It was most humiliating experience not only for me, but also for the other artists who were on stage. We were having a Public performance for the first time in two years after the pandemic.”