“Is this a movie theater?” : Patna judge rebukes bureaucrat

“At least, which means the coat and collar must not be open,” Judge said.

Patna:

On Friday, a Patna High Court judge arrested a senior IAS officer for “inappropriate” dress when he appeared in court. As the officer tried to make it clear that he was unaware of any dress code to follow in court, the judge reprimanded him asking if he thought he had come to the cinema .

The incident, a video of which is going viral on social media, comes from court PB Bajanthri. The officer in question is Anand Kishor who is the Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in the Government of Bihar. He is also considered very close to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

In the viral video clip, the judge can be seen scolding him for more than two minutes as he showed up for a hearing in a white shirt with his collar buttons open and without a blazer. The judge disputed the apparent casual dress and asked Mr Kishor whether he had attended the Mussoorie Civil Service Training Institute.

As the officer struggled for words, mostly standing and listening to the judge, Judge Bajanthri looked visibly upset and asked, “Do you think this is a movie theatre?”

“You don’t know in what dress you have to appear in court?” he asked further, as the officer looked at the lawyers surrounding him in bewilderment.

“At least, which means the coat and collar must not be open,” Judge said.

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