Court proceedings through video are throwing up various pictures. Last week, the Supreme Court
admonished a lawyer for arguing from home in pyjamas. A Canadian court recently chastised a woman lawyer for arguing from the bed. Time zones also seem to pose new challenges. Senior lawyer Harish Salve argued the other day on video all the way from London for the Odisha government.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was curious to know the time it was in London. Salve said it was 6:40 am. “I woke up early in the morning, will finish the court work and go back to take a nap,” Salve apparently replied.
When the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh
was toppled in March and the Bharatiya Janata Party was preparing to form a new one, Narottam Mishra had emerged among the key contenders for the chief minister’s office. Political calculations, however, went in favour of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who became the Chief Minister for a record fourth term and Mishra had to be content with portfolios like home and health. It looks like he is back in the groove. In a recent development, his son-in-law Avinash Lavania was appointed the collector of Bhopal. Lavania had been appointed the Bhopal Municipal Corporation commissioner in 2018, but was removed soon after the Congress came to power.
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