India, Sept. 16 -- The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the absence of having physical courts is hard to justify at a time when schools, malls and metro rail have opened.

Not finding senior lawyers coming to the Supreme Court despite standard operating procedure (SOP) put in place to permit hybrid hearing (physical and virtual hearing) of cases on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, two separate benches of the Supreme Court expressed their angst with one saying in a lighter vein that "mandamus (order) needs to be issued to enforce physical presence of lawyers" while another bench giving priority for listing of case for those lawyers who agreed to appear physically.

The bench of justices Vineet Saran and Aniruddha Bose said, "Schools a...