Judge hearings till 3.30am

A Bombay High Court judge heard cases till 3.30am on Saturday to clear backlog and dispose of pleas seeking urgent relief before the court closed for the summer break.

By PTI in Mumbai
  • Published 6.05.18
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Bombay High Court. File picture

Mumbai: A Bombay High Court judge heard cases till 3.30am on Saturday to clear backlog and dispose of pleas seeking urgent relief before the court closed for the summer break.

Justice Shahrukh J. Kathawalla presided over a packed courtroom for hours after the other judges had held hearings till 5pm to wrap up pending matters. A staff member said the judge was back in his chamber on Saturday morning to finish pending work.

"The courtroom was packed with senior counsel, lawyers and litigants whose cases were being heard. There were over 100 civil petitions that had sought urgent interim relief," a senior counsel who was present in the court till the judge rose at 3.30am said.

Two weeks ago Justice Kathawalla had heard matters in his chamber till midnight.

"Justice Kathawalla, even at that hour (3.30am), was as fresh as one would be in the morning. My matter was one of the last ones to be heard. Even then the judge heard our arguments patiently and passed orders," another senior counsel, Praveen Samdani, said.

Justice Kathawalla often begins court proceedings at 10am, an hour earlier than the other judges, and hears matters beyond 5pm, when the court shuts for the day.