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Angered by the crowd in the courtroom, a senior Bombay High Court judge on Monday warned that if social distance was not followed, he would not hear any petition.
A bench headed by Justice SS Shinde, which is hearing the criminal cases, asked the police officers, lawyers and petitioners to wait outside after a crowd in their courtroom.
Justice Shinde said, “Do not rush into the court otherwise we will not hear any petition.” He said that congestion and not following the proper distance is in violation of the directives set by the High Court to restore the hearing in a direct way amid the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Justice Shinde said, “Adhering to the standard operating procedure and social distance is important for everyone’s health and safety.” He cited the incident of 60 lawyers in the state’s Amravati district being infected with the corona virus.
Justice said, ‘Fortunately there has not been any untoward incident here. We are moving in the right direction and do not want to go to the online hearing system again. Justice asked everyone, including lawyers, to wear masks at all times.
At the same time, Justice Gautam Patel of the High Court issued a notice last month regarding congestion in the courtroom and asked everyone to follow the safety rules. Also last week, Justice Prithviraj Chavan refused to hear the removal of the mask from the face of a lawyer during the proceedings.