Bhubaneswar, Jun 26 (ILNS) The Orissa High Court has imposed a cost of Rs 5,000 on an Advocate, while observing that it is extremely unfortunate that despite a specific date having been fixed for the matter, the Counsel for the petitioners is absent and has instructed his colleague to simply inform the Court that he is unable to attend the Court.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Dr S Muralidhar and Justice SK Panigrahi said they “fail to appreciate,” why Advocate Sanjat Das remained absent during the VC hearing, despite a specific date having been fixed for the matter.
“What is worse still is that the Counsel, appearing on behalf of the petitioners, who has stated that he has filed the Vakalatnama, does not even have copies of the orders passed by this Court in the matter, including the order dated April 20, 2021, which is fairly a detailed one and poses specific questions for the Counsel to answer.
“As a result, this petition is having to be unnecessarily adjourned today,” the Court said.
For causing this adjournment, the Bench directed, “Costs of Rs 5000 be deposited by the Counsel for the petitioners with the Orissa High Court Legal Services Committee on or before July 5, 2021. The proof of payment of costs will be placed on record by the next date.”
The High Court posted the matter for July 21, while considering that “this matter is being taken up on remand by the Supreme Court by its order dated January 10, 2018, and although the Court is prepared to go on with it and the Counsel for the Petitioners is not, as a last opportunity, in the interest of justice”.
The High Court Specifically clarified that there will not be any further adjournment.
Earlier, the Orissa High Court had imposed Rs 500 fine on an Advocate, who was not wearing a Neck Band while arguing before the Court in virtual mode. Moreover, the Madras High Court on February 3 expressed its displeasure at the Lawyer’s conduct, while noting that an Advocate appeared for a virtual hearing from a stationed car and in a casual manner. ILNS//RJ