Sad Day or just coincidence ! Justice Bhakthavatsala removed just before he was about to hear on the case regarding ameding Sec 498 A of IPC to prevent misuse !!
".... The bench headed by Justice Bhakthavatsala was scheduled to hear a case on Sept 7 wherein the state government was asked to spell out its stand on amending Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code to prevent its misuse. ...."
No family court issues for ‘sexist’ judge
BANGALORE: The Karnataka high court on Friday removed Justice K Bhakthavatsala from the division bench hearing family court matters. He has been replaced by Justice K L Manjunath. The modification came after Bhakthavatsala had allegedly said that it was alright for a husband to beat up his wife as long he was taking good care of her while hearing a domestic violence case.
When STOI contacted Justice Bhakthavatsala, he declined to comment on the issue.
On Thursday, the judge denied reports in a section of the media about his oral observations. "Can anyone say beating your wife is right? I've never approved such kind of things. In fact, I have never passed any such order,'' he had said. "All that I did in the interest of protecting the marriage and family was to make efforts to reconcile them, tried to counsel them.''
About a fortnight ago, women advocates led by senior lawyer Pramila Nesargi submitted a representation to Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen expressing serious objection to alleged remarks that unmarried women are not fit to argue matrimonial cases. There was a campaign, including an online petition to the Chief Justice of India, about the remarks.
The bench headed by Justice Bhakthavatsala was scheduled to hear a case on Sept 7 wherein the state government was asked to spell out its stand on amending Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code to prevent its misuse.