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"We strongly deprecate tactics of this kind. We do not want advocates to take advantage of a non-physical hearing system when it is working on both sides", the Court proceeded to caution.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its ire over the failure of a lawyer to speak during a virtual court hearing, commenting that the lawyer ought to have been upfront with the Court that he was waiting for a Senior Advocate to appear (M/S Dilip Buildcon v. M/S Topworth Infra Pvt Ltd).
The Bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Navin Sinha observed in their order that,
It is, however, reported that the lawyer may have been unaware that his case was taken up at the time.
While reprimanding the lawyer, the Court also issued a cautionary note against taking undue advantage of the virtual court. The Court's order records,
The Special Leave Petition was ultimately dismissed, after the Bench opined that it was not fit that the Supreme Court interfere in the matter.