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Don't wear coats, gowns till Covid-19 outbreak ends: CJI to Judges, lawyers

The statement to this effect by the CJI came, while he was holding the hearing through video conferencing, in a case in which arguments were being made by senior advocate Kapil Sibal.

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

New Delhi: Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde signs on a register after taking oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 | (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)
The CJI, who was sharing dais with Justices Indu Malhotra and Hrishikesh Roy, said the apex court may soon come out with instructions on the dress code for lawyers and the judges.

(CJI) S A Bobde on Wednesday said the and the should not wear coat and gown for the time being as they make it easier to catch virus".

The statement to this effect by the CJI came, while he was holding the hearing through video conferencing, in a case in which arguments were being made by senior advocate

The CJI, who was sharing dais with Justices Indu Malhotra and Hrishikesh Roy, said the apex court may soon come out with instructions on the dress code for and the

The were not wearing coat and the gown during the hearing conductded through video conferencing.
 

The observation of the CJI assumes significance in view of the fact that the apex court has been holding courts through video conferencing from March 25 due to the nation-wide to contain the spread of (COVID-19) and had even suspended the entry of advocates and other staff into the high security zone on the basis of their proximity cards, till further orders.

The impact of the the CJI's statement was instant as the were seen appearing without coat and gown in cases heard after that through video conferencing.

Earlier, the apex court on Tuesday said that as part of a pilot project, the judges may come to the courtrooms in the apex court premises from next week to hold proceedings through video conferencing.

During the lockdown, the benches usually assemble at the residences of the judges and the lawyers are allowed to join the video conferencing from their homes or offices.

First Published: Wed, May 13 2020. 20:08 IST
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