Indian diplomat caught taking picture of IHC judge

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

A senior Indian diplomat was caught taking a picture of an Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge with his cellphone during a court hearing on Friday.
Piyush Singh, first secretary at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, snapped three photos inside the court, including a picture of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, during the hearing of a case filed by an Indian national, Uzma.
When courtroom officials brought the incident to the notice of the IHC judge, he ordered confiscation of Singh’s cellphone. Terming it a serious violation of the court decorum, the IHC judge ordered the Indian diplomat to submit a written apology before the court after Singh verbally apologised for the incident. Later, the diplomat presented before the court a written apology. The court accepted his apology and warned him not to repeat the act.
“I fully apologize for the attempt of using mobile in court. It is requested that I may kindly be pardoned for this,” said Singh in his statement.
The Indian envoy’s phone was returned after he wrote an apology for his disregard of the court’s decorum.
Earlier, Uzma through her counsel requested the court for an exemption to report police and permission to go back to her motherland.

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