It was his first offence and the judge was in a good mood and decided to show mercy.
So he discharged him after warning him to desist from unguarded utterances in future.
The man removed his cap and thanked the benevolent judge profusely, ”Thank you, your lordship.” He continued, “Honestly sir, I didn’t know it was wrong to call an Honourable Minister a pig. I won’t do it again. I am sorry.”
”It’s okay”, said the judge, ”you may go.”
”My lord, may I ask a question, sir?”
”Feel free” answered the judge.
”Now I know it’s wrong to call an Honourable Minister a pig… But is it also wrong to call a pig Honourable Minister?”
Amused, the judge replied, ”I don’t know why you would want to address a pig as a minister. But I don’t think the pig would mind. It’s not unlawful, by the way. Yes, you may call any pig Honourable Minister.”
The man smiled and nodded, then he turned to look pointedly at the Minister and said, ”Goodbye, Honourable Minister!”