An advocate was pulled up for sending discourteous emails to the High Court Registry and staff by the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, Abhay Shreeniwas Oka.
A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi asked advocate Jagadish Shastry to appear via a video conference on Friday and expressed their strong displeasure for his conduct.
The Bench asked him to complain to the Chief Justice of India if he had any such complaints, pointing out that the decisions on posting every petition and responding to emails are decided based on Chief Justice’s instruction as per the Standard Operating Procedure devised in view of COVID-19.
The Chief Justice also pointed out that nine benches had been designated for physical hearing cases apart from hearing cases through video conferencing.
Apology – The advocate while apologising for his conduct, said that “he had no grievance against the Chief Justice. His petition had not been posted, and thus, he was upset.”
The Chief Justice contended that his conduct discouraged the employees of High Court who were working under stress because 101 members of the total staff had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Chief Justice said that ”by and large advocates were co-operating with the court staff. Only a few behaved quite rude.”
Reported By : Gayatri Vipul Lachke