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  • 1. SC Bar takes up judges kin practice case Pioneer News Service | New Delhi Pioneer 18th March 2007A day after The Pioneer reported the flourishing practice by the relatives of someGujarat High Court judges, the Supreme Court Bar Association on Thursday tooka serious note of the issue.Members of the Bar moved a unanimous plea that the advocates must adhere tothe moral code of conduct by desisting from appearing before their relativejudges.They also favoured that if judges are transferred on this account, a proper inquirymust be conducted prior to their shifting.This was in apparent reference to the transfer of Justices BJ Shethna and PBMajmudar over the reported verbal duel, which, according to the former wastriggered by his indictment of Majmudars son for appearing in his fathers courtlast year.The forum for discussion was arranged by the Supreme Court Bar Association(SCBA) which organised a discussion on the issue, titled "Mr Justice BJ ShethnaVs Mr Justice PB Majumdar" (Fight between two Judges - Who is guilty?).Former Supreme Court judge Justice K Ramamurthi also took part in thediscussions airing his resentment over the advocates breaching the code ofconduct by practicing before their kin who are judges. Besides him, senioradvocates Jagdeep Dhankar, Vijay Hansaria and Justice (Retd) Megh Raj Callaalong with advocates A Subba Rao and Krishan Mahajan participated in thediscussions.Speaking to The Pioneer, SCBA president MN Krishnamani said, "We havetaken cognisance of the news report published in The Pioneer and haveproposed to pass a resolution on the issue."On transfer of judges without any inquiry, many lawyers felt that such a practicemust be condemned since in the present case, the fight seemed to haveoriginated from a dispute between the two judges.On Thursday, The Pioneer gave an exhaustive list of sons, daughters, brothersand fathers of serving HC judges who are getting cases disproportionate to thestandards achieved by the top-billing lawyers in the Gujarat.