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Karnataka HC orders notice to man for appearing semi-naked during virtual hearing

PTI
Published Dec 1, 2021, 12:33 pm IST
Updated Dec 1, 2021, 12:33 pm IST
The person had logged in with a name Sreedhar Bhat but it could not be ascertained whether he is an advocate or not
Taking cognisance of the incident, Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi directed issuance of notice to him based on the video footage. (PTI Photo)
 Taking cognisance of the incident, Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi directed issuance of notice to him based on the video footage. (PTI Photo)

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court has ordered issue of notice to a man who allegedly appeared "shirtless" during the hearing of a virtual court proceeding.

The person had logged in with a name Sreedhar Bhat but it could not be ascertained whether he is an advocate or not.

 

During the hearing of the purported 'sex-for-job' scandal involving a former minister, senior counsel Indira Jaising brought the matter to the notice of the court.

"A semi-naked man was on the screen for 20 minutes. It seems he is bathing and staring at the participants. I have not come across such an embarrassing situation during the hybrid video conferencing hearings before," Jaising told the court.

She also said she would move a contempt of court proceedings against the person for his 'improper behaviour'.

Another advocate attending the hearing on Tuesday confirmed that a person appeared before the court semi-naked.

 

Taking cognisance of the incident, Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi directed issuance of notice to him based on the video footage.

Later Jaising tweeted, "I confirm that a semi naked man was visible on the screen for a full 20 minutes despite my objection.

I am making an official complaint for contempt of court and sexual harassment. It's extremely disturbing in the middle of an argument in court."

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Location: India, Karnataka




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