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The Delhi High Court Friday pulled up a lawyer for unnecessarily seeking adjournments in a case, saying courts were not meant to give business to lawyers but to provide justice to litigants.

Justice S.N. Dhingra made the observation while dismissing the appeal of the advocate to direct the trial court to give him one more chance to cross-examine a witness.

Dhingra said: “It is clear from the record that the witness has been sufficiently cross-examined on different occasions. Every time the cross-examination was not completed and the matter was deferred for further cross-examination or adjournments were taken.”

The judge said the witness cannot be harassed. “The courts do not exist to provide business to the lawyers. The court exist to provide justice to the litigants.

“If after giving several opportunities, a court has fixed a specific time for the cross-examination of a witness in presence of the parties and to the knowledge of the lawyer, then he must make himself available. He is supposed to manage his business in such a manner that he appears before the court at that time,” the court said

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