Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 1
The Supreme Court Tuesday was shocked to see a shirtless man was on screen during a virtual hearing on Tuesday.
“This is not done…Even after seven-eight months of video conferencing hearings, these things are happening,” a shocked Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao said after witnessing the unusual scene.
This is not the first time such an incident has happened in during virtual hearings in the top court which has been functioning in a restricted manner via video conferencing due to COVID19 pandemic.
On October 26, a similar incident happened before a Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud when an advocate was seen shirtless on the screen.
“I don’t like to be hard to anyone but you are on screen. You have to be careful,” Justice Chandrachud had noted.
In another incident, a lawyer had appeared in a virtual hearing in the top court while lying on bed and donning a T-shirt, inviting ire of another Bench, which said “minimum court etiquette” should be followed given the public nature of hearings and they should be “presentable” while appearing in virtual hearings.
A similar incident had happened in April in the Rajasthan High Court when a lawyer appeared in a hearing conducted through video-conferencing in a vest. The high court had pulled up the lawyer for not being properly attired.