By Devil’s Advocate
There is nothing new about humour in the judiciary. Infact humour is quite a need of the hour in the judiciary considering the fact that both judges and lawyers do nothing but read voluminous records, citations etc which could get quite boring.
However, one must not forget that the line has to be drawn somewhere. Well if this is not done then you may end up the Cyriac way. Remember, the Bar Council had passed a resolution against his naughty jokes. The issue had become so hot that Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph was put to shame.
Here are the jokes cracked by the CJ and below those are another set of jokes, which in my opinion is the real humour in judiciary. When I say real, I mean humour with class.
A lady advocate sought an adjournment. While trying to indicate how busy she was, she told the CJ, “My Lord I am much tied up. One leg is in Delhi while the other in Tamil Nadu.” Justice Joseph however had the last word. He shot back by saying, “well then Madhya Pradesh may be having all the fun.”
At the oath ceremony of the newly enrolled advocates, Justice Joseph said with a glitter in his eyes, “the look on all your eyes reminds me of a first night. “ Nervous yet excited.” Let us not forget, the new advocates were sitting with their anxious parents.
Jokes with class
–Justice A R Grover was once attacked by an insane person in the court hall as a result of which he was injured on the head. Former Attorney General C K Daftari, during a meeting with Justice Grover, expressed his sympathy later said, “such a dastardly attack, why do these always choose the softest part?”
–Justice Kuldeep Singh, while hearing an argument, questioned senior advocate G Ramaswamy, “Do you think we are fools sitting here?” To which Ramaswamy replied, “My Lord, you have put me in an embarrassing position. I will be hauled up for contempt if I say yes and will be pulled up for perjury if I say no.”
–While Alladi Krishnaswamy, senior advocate, was arguing a matter, his pants slipped down. He immediately covered himself with his robes. When the Judges on the Bench told him about his pants, Mr. Krishnaswamy replied, “When I am arguing such an important your lordships vision is drawn to such an insignificant thing.”
–When a matter pertaining to a student was being argued before former Chief Justice of Karnataka N K Sodhi, the lawyer pointed out that his client was being put to hardship. The client who was quite afraid to come into court preferred to stand outside. As arguments advanced, the lawyer told the court, My Lord my client is outstanding and hence the order may be passed in his favour. To which Justice Sodhi replied, “is that why he is standing outside?”
–NC Raghavachari, who is considered to be a doyen on Hindu Law and has written several books on the issue, was arguing before the Karnataka High Court on a matter pertaining to Hindu Law. The judges on the Bench were referring to a book on Hindu Law written by him. During the course of hearing, the judge remarked, “Mr. Ragavachari, what you are arguing is totally contrary to what you have written in the book. Where is that point?” He replied, “It is in the latest edition.” “Where is the latest edition,” the judge asked. To which he shot back, “I am the latest edition.
–The members of the Delhi Bar were discussing the controversial number, “Choli ke peeche kya hai.” Just then, senior advocate Soli Sorabjee walked by with a pretty girl behind him. The minute he was out of sight the song was amended to, “Soli ke peeche kya hai.”
–Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani is often questioned about his two wives. To a persistent questioned by a television anchor on this issue, Mr. Jethmalani remarked, the second marriage was at a time when the laws on polygamy did not exist.” However the anchor was not too happy with the answer and continued to grill him. Fed up with the grilling, Mr. Jethmalani shot back, “my second wife is happier than your only wife.”
–At a programme in the High Court, a lawyer once joked.” A lawyer and shark were caught together in the water. Why didn’t the shark eat the lawyer?” The answer,” professional courtesy”