New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Thursday issued a notice to the assistant public prosecutor for slapping sessions court judge on the court premises in Nagpur.  The high court issued a notice to Parate, seeking a response from him within six weeks as to why action for criminal contempt of court should not be taken against him.

Assistant public prosecutor Dinesh Parate had allegedly slapped senior civil judge K R Deshpande outside a lift on the seventh floor of the Nagpur District and Sessions court around noon on Wednesday.

Senior civil judge K R Deshpande alleged that assistant public prosecutor D M Parate slapped him outside the courtroom, Sadar police station in-charge Sunil Bonde told reporters, quoting the judge’s complaint.

According to the police, the lawyer was miffed over the judge’s decision in a case. Parate tried to run away after the incident but was caught by the police personnel present there.

Vacation judge Justice R K Deshpande of the high court’s Nagpur bench said that such incidents are a “threat to the independence of the judiciary”. Justice Deshpande of the high court noted in his order that it was a serious matter where personal security of a judge was under threat.

 “It causes or tends to cause obstruction or interference in the administration of justice, as it is the result of adjudication by the judge which has gone against Dinesh Parate,” Justice Deshpande had said.