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Whimsy in Court: Holi humor and Whiskey tales dominate SC hearing

Whimsy in Court: Holi humor and Whiskey tales dominate SC hearing

In a recent Supreme Court hearing tackling the complex issue of industrial alcohol production and its jurisdictional control, a surprising and jovial exchange between Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and senior advocate Dinesh Dwivedi added a touch of levity to the proceedings.

Dwivedi, known for his colorful personality both in and out of the courtroom, couldn't help but draw attention to his vibrant, Holi-inspired hairdo as he took his place before the bench. "Apologies for my colorful grey hair," he quipped, attributing the hues to exuberant Holi celebrations and the presence of grandchildren. Chief Justice Chandrachud, with a playful smile, couldn't resist teasing Dwivedi, suggesting, "Nothing to do with the alcohol?"

In a candid response, Dwivedi, a self-confessed whiskey aficionado, acknowledged, "It does. Holi means partly alcohol... and I must confess... I am a fan of whiskey." This admission set the stage for an unexpected yet delightful exchange that provided a brief respite from the weighty legal matters at hand.

Dwivedi went on to share an amusing anecdote about his preference for single malt whiskey during a trip to Edinburgh, where he encountered a waiter who took offense at the idea of adding ice cubes to the prized beverage. The courtroom erupted in laughter as Dwivedi recounted the encounter, highlighting his unabashed love for whiskey.

However, amidst the laughter, the Constitution Bench, comprising nine judges, remained focused on the central question of whether "industrial alcohol" should be treated similarly to traditional intoxicating liquors in terms of regulatory control. Dwivedi, representing Uttar Pradesh, argued passionately that all forms of alcohol, whether industrial or recreational, should fall under the purview of state regulation.

The bench, while grappling with the legal intricacies of the matter, didn't shy away from injecting humor into the proceedings. One judge humorously remarked on the revenue-generating potential of intoxicating drinks, stating, "Whether intoxicating drinks bring joy to human beings or not, it should bring joy to state revenue."

Another judge joined in the banter, proposing the idea of using a material exhibit to illustrate the differences between various types of alcohol—a suggestion that elicited further laughter from the courtroom.

Despite the serious nature of the issue at hand, the exchange between the bench and Dwivedi showcased the lighter side of legal proceedings, demonstrating that even the highest court in the land can embrace moments of levity.

As the hearing continued, it became clear that while the legalities surrounding industrial alcohol may be complex and multifaceted, a touch of humor and camaraderie can go a long way in fostering understanding and engagement among all parties involved. And perhaps, amidst the legal arguments and debates, there's room for a toast to the lighter moments that remind us of our shared humanity.


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