This is a little snippet from a Bombay High Court ruling. Don’t worry about not knowing the specifics of the case. It doesn’t matter.

What is not in doubt, however, is that the only thing the Petitioner was doing in the late morning of 22nd February 2013 was having tea at a local tea stall. The 4th Respondent says there is no ‘satisfactory explanation’ for this. This is bewildering. We were unaware that the law required anyone to give an explanation for having tea, whether in the morning, noon or night. One might take tea in a variety of ways, not all of them always elegant or delicate, some of them perhaps even noisy. But we know of no way to drink tea ‘suspiciously’. The ingestion of a cup that cheers demands no explanation. And while cutting chai is permissible, now even fashionable, cutting corners with the law is not.


Your Honour, I raise my cup of Earl Grey to you.

P.S. This judgement is by Gautam Patel. If you want to read the whole thing, it’s here.

4 thoughts on “Judgement Call

  1. Mackie, TRP, I KNOW!

    Alice, he used to write the occasional column for newspapers, but had to stop when he was appointed as a high court judge. This, clearly, is the net result. =D

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