Chennai: In a shocking incident, a Madras High Court lawyer was caught having an affair with a woman during a virtual hearing, after which he paid her Rs 4 lakh as compensation on the orders of the court. The accused advocate, identified as Santhanakrishnan, sexually assaulted the woman during the online hearing of cases in the wake of the COVID pandemic, without realizing that she was on camera. Another person, who was part of the hearing, took the video on his cell phone and posted it on social media. The judge and prosecutor were stunned after seeing the viral video.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, the High Court has registered a case. The CBCID Police has been ordered to investigate. Accordingly, CBCID officials registered a case and arrested advocate Santhanakrishnan. After the hearing, a bench headed by Justice PN Prakash ordered Santhanakrishnan to pay Rs 4 lakh as compensation to the woman in the video. Later, the lawyer paid the amount to the woman on the directions of the court.