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Delhi HC judge hears cases till midnight; lawyer asks ‘were you a marathon runner?’

Delhi High Court is currently on annual summer vacation and only two judges are sitting on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays to hear urgent matters. The cases are being heard through video conferencing due to the pandemic.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: June 22, 2021 9:09:40 am
The Delhi High Court

In a rare instance, a Delhi High Court vacation bench on Monday heard the cases listed before it for nearly 13 hours and left the virtual courtroom only around midnight after taking up all the matters.

Justice Jasmeet Singh at 10.30 am began hearing cases as part of the division bench headed by Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani and later around 3 pm, as single-judge bench, heard cases till 11.30 pm. While 19 cases were listed before the division bench, a total of 40 cases were heard by Justice Singh as the single bench.

Delhi High Court is currently on annual summer vacation and only two judges are sitting on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays to hear urgent matters. The cases are being heard through video conferencing due to the pandemic.

Many lawyers present in the virtual proceedings appreciated Justice Singh for sitting beyond working hours. Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan, who was representing PPK NewsClick Studio Private Limited in a case heard last by the court, at the end of the hearing, took the court’s permission to ask a question.

“Can I take the liberty of asking your lordship something? What was your lordship’s sport in college? Was your lordship a marathon runner,” asked Krishnan, leading to guffaws in the virtual courtroom.

Justice Singh, while referring to ED Counsel Amit Mahajan, responded, “We all learn from Mr Mahajan. You party hard, you work hard. Mr Mahajan’s motto… we are all learning that motto gradually,” said the judge in a lighter vein. Mahajan responded there are no parties anymore.

Justice Singh was appointed as a judge on February 24.

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