High Court (India)

May 09, 2018

Judge hears pleas till 3.30 am to clear backlog right before summer break: Bombay HC

Bombay High Court

On May 4, most Judges in the Bombay High Court tried to wrap up the pending matters and urgent hearings by 5 pm since it was the last working day before the summer break, one of the Judge’s, Justice Shahrukh J Kathawalla presided over his court till 3:30 AM, the wee hours of May 5, hearing pleas that sought urgent interim reliefs.

Reportedly, the courtroom was packed with senior counsels, lawyers and litigants, whose matters were being heard. There were over 100 civil petitions that had sought urgent interim reliefs.

It was the first time that Justice Kathawalla sat until so late in the court to hear the matters. However, recently, he sat until midnight, hearing matters in his chambers.

"Justice Kathawalla, even at that hour (3.30 am), was as fresh as one would be in the morning. My matter was one of the last ones to be heard. Even then the Judge heard our arguments patiently and passed orders," another Senior Counsel, Praveen Samdani, said.

Usually, Justice Kathawalla begins the court proceedings at 10 am, which is an hour earlier than the other Judges, and hears matters beyond 5 pm, until the time the court shuts for the day.

As per one of the staff members of the courtroom, despite hearing the matters till so late, the Judge was back in his chambers the following morning to finish pending work.

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