Fine of Rs.50,000 imposed by Bombay HC on Medical Practitioner for Video Recording Court Proceedings

Team SoOLEGAL 17 Sep 2019 4:05pm

Image courtesy: India Times Fine of Rs.50,000 imposed by Bombay HC on Medical Practitioner for Video Recording Court Proceedings

The Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court comprising a single bench of Justice Ravindra V Ghuge has directed a medical practitioner to deposit an amount of Rs. 50,000 as fine for video recording the on-going court proceedings.

The Court was in the middle of hearing a writ petition filed by one Gangabai Kappawar, a sarpanch who had been disqualified and sought relief from the Court in this regard. While the counsel for petitioner Advocate SS Thombre was arguing the matter, a clerk informed the Court Sheristedar (Officer) that a person accompanying the husband of the petitioner was recording the proceedings of the Court on his phone.

The mobile phone was immediately confiscated and produced it before the Court. Justice Ghuge then perused the video recording along with the counsels for both the Petitioner as well as Respondents.

The person then identified himself as Dr. Vikram Shridharrao Deshmukh working as a medical practitioner in Aurangabad and admitted of video recording the proceedings on his mobile phone.

The counsel for the petitioner, SS Thombre was then called upon by the Court to ask Mr. Deshmukh about the quantum of punishment that he would want to undergo, either seven days imprisonment or fine of Rs. 1 lakh.

Subsequently, the Court dictated that “He pleaded guilty, apologized and stated that he will deposit an amount of Rs. 50,000 as fine in this Court on or before September 25, 2019. I, therefore, direct that the amount of Rs. 50,000 shall be deposited by Dr. Vikram Shridharrao Deshmukh in this court on or before 25.09.2019.”

The aadhar card of Deshmukh along with his mobile phone was also confiscated by the Court thereby directing the Registry to preserve them until further orders.

The Court also stated that if the amount was not deposited by Deshmukh on or before the given deadline then the Court shall be constrained to initiate contempt proceedings against him to recover the amount.

The Court further ruled that in view of the actions of Dr. Deshmukh, the matter will not be heard until the amount is deposited by him in the Court.

The next date for hearing of the matter has been fixed as September 30.

Tagged: Bombay High Court   Aurangabad Bench   Video Recording   Penalty Justice RV Ghuge  
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