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The viral video clip showing Dhavan smoking hookah during a virtual hearing before the Supreme Court forms the basis of this plea.
A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court praying for Dr. Rajeev Dhavan's senior designation to be recalled after he was seen smoking hookah during a video hearing.
The petitioner before the Supreme Court, one Rashid Pathan, avers Dhavan's conduct was "disgraceful in soiling the hallowed gown of Senior Counsel" and also falls within the ambit of Section 2(c) of the Contempt of Courts Act read with Bar Council Rules pertaining to advocates' code of conduct. The plea reads,
In addition to this recent incident, the petition also rakes up past instances involving Dhavan, wherein he had heated exchanges with judges of the Court.
The petitioner claims that the conduct of a Senior Advocate like Dhavan, which has the potential to malign the institution, also affects the petitioner's right "of having a reputed and majestic judiciary un-smeared by senior advocates such as respondent-1(Dhavan)".
As such, the petitioner has prayed for Dhavan to be stripped of his Senior designation.