“…the accused, who is present before this Court through video conferencing, seems spitting openly”, the Court’s order records.
A person who was spotted “spitting” on camera during a virtual case hearing in the Gujarat High Court recently invited the ire of the Presiding Judge, Justice AS Supheia.
Making no attempt to veil his disapproval, the Judge remarked:
The person has been asked to deposit Rs. 500 as costs, failing which the Court will refuse to consider his case.
This is not the first of such incidents being captured on camera during the virtual hearings that have become the norm after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice Supheia himself recently deprecated the conduct of an Advocate, who appeared before the virtual court while seated in a car and smoking a cigarette.
The Judge had remarked, at the time,
The Bench had further emphasized the need to maintain a minimum decorum during Court proceedings.
A few months ago, an advocate who appeared in Court in a vest was at the receiving end of the Rajasthan High Court’s censure.
In a video that went viral on social media, Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan was seen taking puffs of a hookah during the politically-charged Sachin Pilot hearings before the Rajasthan High Court.
These instances have not been limited to the High Courts, the Supreme Court recently accepted the apology of a person who was dressed in a t-shirt during the virtual proceedings.
Just last month, the Supreme Court reprimanded a lawyer who was seen chewing gutka during the virtual hearing.
The adjourned matter at the Gujarat High Court is expected to continue on October 7, 2020.