Jeans Is Not “Bombay culture”, Bombay High Court Says To Journalists


While hearing a request of petition challenging the recent doctors strike in Mumbai, judges at the Bombay High Court saw that a journalist from a national daily paper came to cover the court in a pair of and T-shirt. They grimaced and voiced disappointment over journalist covering court procedures in such garments and requested to know whether it was “Bombay culture”.

Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni pointed at him and asked, “In what manner can journalist come to court wearing jeans and T-shirt?” Justice Chellur then swung to the guidance for Mumbai community body SS Pakale and inquired as to whether there was any dress code for journalists.

At the point when Mr Pakale said there was no such code, she needed to know whether wearing such clothing to court was valued.

The court, be that as it may, did not pass any direction or rules on the garments jopunalist ought to wear while covering court procedures. This was the first run through when a high court questioned the garments worn by journalist.

In December, 2011, the Bombay High Court had left many startled when it forced a a dress code for people entering its premises. A notice set up outside the court said that security watches have been asked to “just permit litigants wearing modest dresses and in sober colours” and that “these directions were given so that there were no unsocial exercises in the premises”.

The new standards demonstrated humiliating for a foreign couple who even needed to pay a fine of Rs. 2,500 for not taking after the dress code. The twosome was accused of an offense under section 112 of the Bombay Police Act. The couple was likewise made a request to cover themselves with a shawl, which was trailed by a heated contention between the twosome and the police, in the long run prompting their capture.