Gauhati High Court ‘decourts’ Advocate for appearing in 'Jeans Pant' for hearing

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The single-judge bench ordered that the matter be brought to the Chief Justice's attention as well as the Bar Councils of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Gauhati High Court on Friday ‘decourted’ an Advocate from the court premises for turning up for the hearing in a case wearing jeans pants.

A bench of Justice Kalyan Rai Surana said, “Matter stands adjourned as Mr. B.K. Mahajan, learned counsel for the petitioner is attired in jeans pants. Therefore, the Court had to call for the police personnel to Decourt him outside the High Court campus”.

“Let this order be brought to the notice of the Honourable Chief Justice as well as to the learned Registrar General. The matter be also brought to the notice of Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh”, the single-judge bench added. Accordingly, the court listed the matter for hearing after a week.

The single-judge bench was dealing with an anticipatory bail plea.

In related news, the Supreme Court in July 2022, refused to entertain a plea seeking change in Laywer’s summer dress code. A division bench of Justices Indira Bannerjee and Ramasubramanian had asked the petitioner to file a representation to the Bar Council of India in this regard.

The plea contended that the present dress code for lawyers, comprising of black robes/coats/ blazers with long ceremonial gowns, does not suit the Indian climate more so during summer-time in northern and coastal India.

According to the plea, this dress code causes discomfort and imposes a financial burden on account of the clothes needing to be dry-cleaned and washed.

While expressing sympathy for the petitioner, the Top Court had refused to hear the case as it could not be heard under Article 32.

Case Title: Nihar Kumar Das v. The State of Assam