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Lawyer fined for smoking in Court: Gujarat HC

The Gujarat High Court Thursday imposed a cost of Rs.10,000/- on a lawyer for smoking while sitting in the car during the court proceedings by way of video conferencing.

“This court seriously deprecates such conduct of Advocate J V Ajmera,” it said in an order and asked him to deposit Rs 10,000 in the registry within a week.
The court chided the lawyer, J V Ajmera, for his “irresponsible conduct” and imposed a fine on him.

After this episode, the court has also barred advocates from attending proceedings from “any vehicle or any open ground”. The court directed the Bar Council of Gujarat and Bar Association of High Court to instruct their members to attend online hearings from “residences or offices”.

Due to the coronavirus scare, the high court is hearing cases through video conference. Under such circumstances, it is necessary for lawyers and judges to maintain decorum. Smoking, eating, or doing other activities is disrespectful to the court.

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