Delightful' sexually coloured word, rules court!

NEW DELHI: “Every day is a matter of learning," said the Supreme Court of India upon realising and learning from a male advocate's remark that he found it 'delightful' to be repeatedly interrupted during his arguments by a woman lawyer, the Times of India reports.

During the hearing of a petition filed by a former Gwalior additional district Judge, who had challenged the in-house inquiry committee set by the Madhya Pradesh high court Chief Justice to probe her sexual harassment complaint against a sitting HC Judge the Supreme Court realised the word ‘delightful’ could have sexual connotations.

During a case wherein the counsel for the High Court was advancing his arguments, the counsel for the petitioner interjected repeatedly to express her views.

When the bench told the HC counsel to go on with his arguments unmindful of the repeated interjections, the counsel in a lighter vein remarked: "The interjections by the senior counsel for the petitioner are always delightful."

The petitioner took serious objection to the usage of the word ‘delightful’ used in reference to her. The female counsel took objection and asked if he used the word delightful for a male counsel and it was sexually coloured.

Responding to petitioner objections the bench of justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra said that the objection may well be right and there was a lot to learn. 

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