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Advocate fined Rs 10,000 for smoking while sitting in a car and attending a video-conference proceeding

The Bar Council and Bar Association have been asked to instruct advocates that proceedings conducted through video conferencing shall be attended either from residences or offices, and not from a vehicle or open ground.

Advocate JV Ajmera has been directed to deposit a cost of Rs 10,000 before the Registry of the Gujarat High Court within a week, after he was found smoking while sitting in the car during a court proceeding being held through video conferencing.

The Single Bench of Justice AS Supehia observed,

“This Court seriously deprecates such conduct of the advocate Mr. J.V. Ajmera. It was not expected from an advocate to be smoking in the car during the Court proceedings. Such behaviour of the advocate is required to be strictly condemned.”

He added, “The advocates appearing through video conference are required to maintain minimum dignified decorum so that the majesty and dignity of the proceedings as well as the Institution are maintained.”

The Registrar Judicial has also been directed to initiate appropriate proceedings against Advocate Ajmera and submit a report within a period of ten days to the High Court.

The report so prepared by the Registrar Judicial is to be forwarded to the Bar Council of Gujarat as well.

The order further reads, ” The Bar Council of Gujarat and the Bar Association of High Court shall inform the advocates to maintain a dignified decorum while conducting the matters through video conferencing.”

The State Bar Council and Bar Association have been asked to instruct advocates that the proceedings conducted through video conferencing shall be attended either from their respective residences or any office space, and not from any vehicle or open ground.

Moreover, while attending the proceedings from their respective residences or offices, the advocates shall maintain appropriate sitting posture while addressing the Court, adds the order.

Source: Bar & Bench

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