Gujarat High Court hears many cases that are out of the ordinary. However, during this hearing, a police officer was spotted drinking a soft drink, drawing the attention of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar.
A police officer was asked to appear before the Bench as a respondent. During the hearing, the officer was seen drinking Coca-Cola, raising eyebrows.
“He is drinking Coca-Cola during video conferencing. Who is this police officer?” asked Chief Justice Kumar.
Additional Government Pleader (AGP) DM Devnani apologised on behalf of the cop and asked the cop to switch off his video.
“They can show it is Coca-Cola; we don’t know the contents of it. Is he an IPS officer? Is this the way an officer acts; if he had been in physical Court, would he have come with a ‘Coca-Cola’ can,” the CJ asked.
“One advocate once appeared before the court eating samosa. We said we don’t have any objection to him eating samosa, but the only issue was that he could not eat samosa in front of everyone since others were also tempted. So either he should give it to everybody, or he shouldn’t eat,” the CJ said, narrating the incident.
“He should distribute 100 Cans of ‘Coca-Cola’ to everybody in the Bar Association; otherwise, we will ask the Chief Secretary to initiate disciplinary proceedings against him. We will not leave him until he complies with this. It should reach by today evening,” said the Chief Justice.
“Should be something less harmful than Coca-Cola, maybe lime juice?” asked Senior Advocate Bhaskar Tanna. “Amul Juice. Ask him to arrange Amul Juice,” the CJ said.
The Court asked AGP Devnani to virtually confirm after he receives the set of cans from the concerned police officer.