The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea by a Delhi lawyer, accused of making derogatory remarks against women in a BBC rape documentary on the December 16 gangrape, to let him “settle” the matter with the women lawyers who want him barred from the court premises.
A bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and C Nagappan asked advocate M L Sharma, who represents two convicts in the case, to file his written reply even as the lawyer claimed innocence and sought an oral hearing.
Citing a shloka in Sanskrit, Sharma told the bench that he respects women and that he was willing to “mediate” or “settle” with the representatives of the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA). Sharma also denied giving controversial statements to the documentary-makers but the court directed him to file his written response.
The women lawyers had filed a petition through advocate Mahalakshmi Pavani, seeking a ban on the entry of Sharma and another advocate, A P Singh, into the apex court premises. The petition had said that their remarks in the documentary India’s Daughter were “inhumane, scandalous, unjustifiable, biased, outrageous…ill-minded”.