Judges come to court every day, and lawyers, particularly Senior Advocates, should be physically present in court if they want a hearing, Sais by a bench comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi and BV Nagarathna.
“We come to court everyday. Come and argue. Lawyers who are physically present will get indulgence,”Said Justice Rastogi
The Bench further insisted that lawyers should present in court to argue cases in person rather than using the video conferencing capability that is available on ad miscellaneous days (Mondays and Fridays).
As a result, the Court denied requests from a number of Senior Advocates to have their cases heard through video conference. Those cases were adjourned, with the judge asking that they appear in court to be heard.
“Vacation is not for seniors and it is only for juniors,” The Bench Remarked
Since Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi and Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared virtually, their cases were adjourned.
“Why should we grant you any indulgence when you are not in court. Others are here during vacations,” Justice Rastogi told Rohatgi.
“Please keep it day after tomorrow. I will be in court,” Rohatgi said further
“Yes and if you are busy in any other court, then ask your colleague to argue,”said Justice Rastogi.
A lawyer who appeared virtually in court was also admonished by the Court.
“I am an Advocate-on-Record. I have to come to Kerala for some exigency,”The Lawyer Said
“Sorry. Come (to court physically) and argue,”Justice Rastogi stood firm.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana recently stated that in order to ensure that the Supreme Court remains accessible to lawyers from across the country, he had decided to continue online hearings on miscellaneous days, such as Mondays and Fridays, after consulting with his brother and sister judges on the top court.
As a result, the Supreme Court has allowed lawyers to appear remotely on Mondays and Fridays.