The Supreme Court on Wednesday witnessed an unruly scene as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and former president of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Dushyant Dave engaged in a heated exchange of words, while appearing in a case.
The SG and the Senior Advocate were appearing before a Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia on a bail plea filed by the accused in a forgery case.
The Bench asked if the Counsel wanted adjournment.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that Dave’s arguments “will be pedestrian”. The SG went on to say that he was stating it on Dave’s face, since people used to say this outside.
The Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave took “strong objection” to Mehta’s statement and called him “a disgrace to the office of the Solicitor General”.
He further said that the SG was “a political appointee and functioned like one”.
Justice Hemant Gupta intervened and told them not to get “tempers high!”
The SG retorted that he was not a political appointee, as alleged by Dave.
The Apex Court then proceeded to adjourn the case.