After the video of a Gujarat High Court judge apologising for outburst in court went viral, the court reportedly asked YouTube to remove all videos pertaining to the same. This came two days after a video of the judge’s outburst on his colleague and an apology went viral on social media.
According to reports, the Gujarat HC later sent a notice to YouTube claiming copyright violation. Shortly after the notice was sent to the social media platform, several websites removed the video, saying it was “no longer available due to a copyright claim by Gujarat High Court,” the report said.
Meanwhile, the HC also pulled down the clip of the judge’s outburst from its archives. However, his video of the apology was still available on its website.
On October 23, Justice Mauna Bhatt and Justice Vaishnav engaged in a heated verbal exchange over what order should be passed in the case they were hearing. During the argument, Vaishnav, in a viral video, can be heard saying: “You differ, yaar! You have differed in one, differ in the other (also)”. To this, Bhatt says, “It is not a question of differing”.
Justice Vaishnav then suggested: “Then do not murmur… Then you pass a separate order.”
Subsequently, Vaishnav abruptly left the bench, stating that the court would not be hearing any other cases.
On Wednesday, Justice Vaishnav issued an apology to his fellow judge in an open court. “Before we begin a new session, what happened on Monday, shouldn’t have happened. I was wrong. I am sorry for that. We begin a new session. It shouldn’t have happened, I don’t know, I was wrong,” he said.