Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of , which held that the act of a Judge in giving out of turn hearing is an act of unbecoming of a Judge and amounts to corruption.
27. We can find no fault in the proposition that the end result of adjudication does not matter, and only whether the delinquent officer had taken illegal gratification (monetary or otherwise) or had been swayed by extraneous considerations while conducting the process is of relevance. Indeed, manyatimes it is possible that a judicial officer can indulge in conduct unbecoming of his office whilst at the same time giving an order, the result of which is legally sound. Such unbecoming conduct can either be in the form of a judge taking a case out of turn, delaying hearings through adjournments, seeking bribes to give parties their legal dues etc. None of these necessarily need to affect the outcome. However, importantly in the present case, a Page | 16 perusal of the chargesheet shows that no such allegation of the process having been vitiated has been made against the appellant.