A video of a senior advocate is doing the rounds on social media in which he can be seen smoking during the virtual hearing of the Rajasthan High Court.
The incident reportedly took place on Thursday after the Rajasthan High Court resumed its hearing on the plea challenging the merger of six BSP MLAs with the Congress.
In the viral video, the senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan can be seen holding a set of papers in front of his face in a bid to smoke a hookah. However, the paper couldn’t hide the rings of smoke.
Kapil Sibal was also among the lawyers during the virtual hearing of the Rajasthan High Court. However, it is not clear that the incident of the lawyer smoking during the virtual hearing noticed by the Rajasthan high court or not.
The hearing resumed on Friday, senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan’s video got disappeared. To this, the Rajasthan HC asked if the video was turned off by him.
There is no smoke without fire: #Rajasthan High Court hearing on disqualification of the 6 BSP MLAs who later merged with #Congress.— Utkarsh Anand (@utkarsh_aanand) August 12, 2020
That's Sr Adv Rajeev Dhavan, using a hookah. He is also the lawyer for adv Prashant Bhushan in the latter's contempt case. pic.twitter.com/iF0FmeUuaV
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the court has started hearing pleas via online mode. The SC observed that the minimum court etiquette should be followed during the hearings.
The decision was taken after a lawyer appeared in a virtual hearing in the Supreme Court while lying on bed and wearing a T-shirt in June. The Supreme Court noticed that lawyer and then decided that virtual hearing should be presentable and also avoid showing images that are not appropriate.
Supreme Court had released an order on June 15, “This court is of the view that when counsel appears in court video hearings, they should be presentable and avoid showing images, which are not appropriate and can only be tolerable in the privacy of their homes.”