The Bombay High Court recently pointed out that it was the responsibility of the members of the Bar to ensure that in certain cases, especially pertaining to illegal structures, large number of litigants do not enter the court rooms. The HC made the observation saying decorum of the court must be maintained.
The court was hearing applications that challenged the maintainability of a PIL about the failure of the state and the civic body to remove encroachments on government land in Thane.
During the hearing, the counsel appearing for the applicants, who are occupants of the structures that have to be demolished as per court orders, stated that hundreds of people were present in the court compound but only 15-16 were allowed entry into the court.”
“Normally, on the daily board of this court there are more than 100 matters and therefore, there are large number of litigants and advocates present in the court. The size of the court room is relatively small and, therefore, it cannot accommodate large number of advocates and litigants. Therefore, to avoid inconvenience to others, the police were fully justified in ensuring that only 15 or 20 representatives of the hundreds of occupants are allowed entry in the court room,” said Justice A S Oka.
The HC, meanwhile, rejected the application that claimed that the government and the civic body demolished structures without following due process of law.