MUMBAI: Before the summer holidays in Bombay High Court, on the last working day on Friday, most of the judges, while settling cases related to pending cases and urgent hearings till 5 pm, a judge heard the matter in his court till Saturday morning. He was hearing cases where interim relief was sought on urgent basis.
Justice Shahrukh Jai Kathwala, hearing a rigorous court hearing in the morning till 3:30 in the morning, passed the order on the cross-examination plea. A senior counsel who was present till the judge’s stay in the court said, “The courtroom was full of senior advocates, lawyers, and petitioners whose cases were being heard. More than 100 civil petitions were filed in his court, where interim relief was sought on an urgent basis.
This is the first time that Justice Kathwala was sitting in court for so long. Two weeks ago even though he had heard cases in his chamber till midnight. Another senior advocate Pravin Samadani said, “Justice Kathwala was also looking so fresh (even at three o’clock in the morning) as if someone seems to be at the office in the morning. My case was involved in cases heard at the end. Even then, the judge listened very carefully and passed the order.
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Justice Kathwala often starts court proceedings about one hour before the other judges and starts hearing the cases even after five o’clock. A member of his staff told that despite hearing the case till the next day, the judge arrived in the morning to settle the pending cases in his chamber.