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Calcutta HC takes Suo Moto action against Advocate on Record for Posting Screenshots of Virtual Court Hearing [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 28 Aug 2020 1:40am

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Earlier this month, it was brought to Justice Rajashekhar Mantha's notice that a law firm had taken a screenshot of the virtual court proceedings and published the same on LinkedIn while expressing their happiness at having obtained an injunction from the High Court. The publication of a LinkedIn post containing a screenshot of a virtual court hearing that was taken without the Court's permission had led the Court to initiate contempt proceedings.

Advocate Shiv Ratan Kakrania had posted a screenshot on LinkedIn of a hearing in a case he was involved in, saying, “We are #happy to #share that we managed to obtain a #Ante‐ #Arbitration #Injunction (ICC Arbitration) in a matter before the Calcutta High Court”.

The hearing was over an application filed by Kakrania’s client, demanding a stay on the arbitration proceedings before the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), which arose on a request made by the defendants under a shareholders’ agreement. 

On 5 June, the court had ordered a four-week stay on the arbitration proceedings, noting that the issues raised require “appropriate adjudication”. The court had also called for affidavits to be filed in the case. Kakrania had shared the post on the same day.

Taking note of the post, Hon’ble Justice Rajasekhar Mantha on August 12 raised three issues indicating “impropriety evident” from the post, the following were the issues raised:-

  1. A screenshot of Court Proceeding has been taken which is equivalent to a photograph of a Court Proceeding, without the leave of this Court.
  2. The screenshot was published on a personal… Continue Reading...

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