In a first, a Bombay High Court Chief Justice Manjula Chellur lashed out a reporter in the court for wearing jeans while asking her if it were the right clothes to wear to the court. Following which, the other journalists who were present in the court walked out of the court and have expressed their disappointment on their social media handles.
According to media reports, Manjula asked the reporter wearing a t-shirt and jeans if it was “Bombay culture” to wear such clothes to the court. “Is it Bombay culture to wear jeans and T-shirts and come to cover the court,” the Bombay High Court Chief justice asked the reporter.
Manjula Chellur made this statement during the hearing of the issue of doctor’s strike in Maharashtra. Here’s what the journalists had to say post this development:
— Presley Thomas (@presleythomas) March 29, 2017
BombayHC CJ Manjula Chellur now has issues with journalists wearing jeans to court! Asks if this is “Bombay’s culture?”
— ayesha arvind (@ayeshaarvind) March 29, 2017
Is this Bombay culture? asks CJ Manjula Chellur.Takes exception to reporters wearing jeans & T-shirt.This is a first in Bombay High Court.
— Rosy Sequeira (@RosySequeiraTOI) March 29, 2017
At least 10 reporters were present in the court. If reports are to be believed, the reporters are thinking about taking up the matter to Cheif Justice of Supreme Court. In 2015, journalists wearing sleeveless clothes were not allowed to enter Bombay High Court. Apparently, the police were only following a notice that said people wearing indecent clothes should not be allowed to enter the courtroom.