Annexing ‘objectionable’ photos to petition breach of privacy: Bombay HC | India News.

MUMBAI: Observing that it is an invasion of privacy, the Bombay high court has fined an advocate for annexing “highly objectionable” photographs to a petition. “We direct the advocate to deposit costs of Rs 25,000 within two weeks from today,” said Justices Revati Mohite-Dere and Shriram Modak in the October 7 order.
The judges heard a petition to quash the chargesheet in a case where a man was booked for rape. While perusing the case papers, they came across “objectionable” photos. “No sense of proportion or discretion is exercised by the learned counsel while annexing the said photos. Advocates fail to realise that these petitions are filed/placed before the (HC) registry and get circulated…, exposing the parties involved,” they added.
The judges said they expect all advocates to exercise some discretion and proportion while annexing photos highly objectionable. “Annexing such photos certainly invades upon the privacy of the parties,” they said, and directed the advocate to remove six photos not only from the petition but also its copies.
Following the order, the Advocates Association of Western India reached out to its members requesting them to follow the HC’s direction. AAWI’s notice said the HC has noticed that in a number of petitions in connection with offences against women, parties rely upon photos and video clips. The HC has also noted that many photos are indecent, obscene and portray women in bad taste. “Hence, the advocates, members, filing clerks are advised to not annex such photos to petition,” the notice said, adding that they must seek the court’s permission to produce such material.

Source link

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: