New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from noted advocate Ashok Arora as to why contempt proceedings will not be initiated against him for casting aspersions against a senior judge for acquitting former IPS officer R K Sharma in journalist Shivani Bhatnagar murder case.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also directed the Delhi Police to take action for stopping the circulation and removing the
article from the website of the lawyer.

"One can critisize the judgment but not the judge," the bench said and issued a contempt notice to Arora and sought his response by November 9.

The court was acting on a PIL filed by advocate Manish Kaushik seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceeding against Arora for writing an article on his website "".

Arora had written the article after the verdict was delivered by justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Manmohan Singh on October 17.

The court also sought a response from Delhi High Court, Delhi government, Bar Council of India and Bar Council of Delhi by November 9.