Mumbai: Justice Abhay Oka, the judge of Bombay High Court, who has always set an example by sitting through security drills and also power failure, once again proved there is light in the dark corridors of the judiciary. The routine sessions of the Bombay HC almost came to a standstill for at least 20 minutes on Wednesday after sudden power failure. When almost all the judges of the HC left their courtrooms and their staff and advocates gathered in the corridors, Justice Oka, who was presiding over a division bench, was an exception. Justice Oka continued to work as usual, and ensured the court session was not disturbed or distracted by the power failure. Apart from Justice Oka, some other judges like Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Ranjit More (both preside two separate division benches), continued to sit and work instead of going back to their chambers.
For the ones who visit HC daily, it was a common sight to see Justice Oka sitting in his courtroom without paying any heed to the power failure, which last for at least 20 minutes. As in the past too, Justice Oka had never left his courtroom even when all the other judges of the HC have preferred discharging their sessions. For instance, every year when there is a security and fire mock drill in the HC premises, usually all the judges of the HC get out of their courtrooms and gather in the main entrance of the HC and watch the drill. Even the staff and advocates leave the court premises during the drill and gather either in the compound or outside the HC gate. But, Justice Oka continues to hear his matters and gets up from his courtroom on his daily time i.e. 5 pm.