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The Gujarat High Court has closed the 'undesirable chapter' of contempt proceedings against a lawyer who was seen smoking in a car during a Video Conferencing hearing while accepting the lawyer's unconditional apology.
The Single Judge Bench of Justice AS Supheia took note of his submission that he would not ever repeat the act again, and cited notable judgments of the Supreme Court on the issue of the propriety attached to the role of a legal practitioner.
Expressing a hope that such incidents would not occur again, the Court specified that its remarks to the Advocate should not be construed as adverse against him. The High Court also reiterated,
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In an earlier order reprimanding the lawyer, the Court had directed the Registrar, Judicial to tender a report on the subject of appropriate conduct by lawyers during hearings. On October 5, Justice Supheia instructed the Registry to forward this report to the Bar Council of Gujarat and the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association.
After preliminary remarks on the Advocate's conduct, the Judge moved on to consider the case in which the lawyer had appeared as counsel, i.e. a bail application moved by a person accused of cheating and conspiracy.
Considering the applicant's lack of criminal antecedents, the fact that he had been in custody since August and the delays in filing the FIR, as well as the protracted investigation, the Court allowed him bail.
On these terms, the matter was disposed of.
Read the Order here: