Police officers must come in uniform in court: Bombay HC

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Mumbai, Dec 8 : Police officers appearing before the court, must wear uniform, the Bombay high court recently held after it was pointed out that a lady officer who appeared in the court was found not following the court decorum.

While arguing a matter before a bench of Justices Gadkari and PD Naik, advocate Subhash Jha said police officers who come to the court do not follow court decorum.
Jha pointed out to a lady police personnel who was wearing a ‘salwar and kameez’.

He said some of the police officers not following the court decorum and appearing before the court in all sorts of clothes like jeans. He further added that this undermines the authority of the court.

Justice Gadkari then noted that a public prosecutor is present to look after such things. Additional public prosecutor Sangeeta Shinde then informed the bench that the officer referred to by the advocate was attached to the city police’s with the Economic Offences Wing and it was not mandatory for them to wear a uniform.

However, Justice Gadkari stated that all police officers were expected to wear uniforms in the court. In fact, the judge stated that he had fined an officer in the past for not doing so.


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