Srinagar: The High Court on Wednesday reprimanded the Regional Transport Officer Kashmir over the attire he had worn to court. “Why you are not in proper dress before court of law? You are not in a cricket field. You remain in office like this?” a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey asked the RTO.
“He was in a meeting and came rushing here,” Advocate-General Jahangir Iqbal Ganie explained on the RTO’s behalf. At this the court said, “We will excuse you (RTO) today.”
This was not the first time that an officer had been reprimanded by the court for his clothing. In 2013, a division bench of then Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar left a KAS officer red-faced. “What type of dress you are wearing?” Justice Attar asked the then CEO of the Gulmarg Development Authority, who was wearing a jeans.
To his reply of “sorry”, the Chief Justice commented, “Court has banned two words: ‘uncle’ and ‘sorry’. You say sorry and get away with everything. If you want an English man to say sorry, it takes a lot of time because it means a lot.”