Greeva Garg –
The District Court located at Shivajinagar in the jurisdiction of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will function in only one shift from Wednesday.
Following the directions of the Bombay High Court, the District Court issued orders on Tuesday to be in effect from Wednesday.
The District Court’s Order said, “All the Courts located within the limits of the Pune Municipal Corporation and the Khadki Cantonment Board shall function as per the Bombay High Court circular dated 16/4/21…with modification in working hours –judicial working hours will be from 11 am to 2 pm. And the office working hour is half an hour before and after the judicial working hour with 100 per cent attendance of judicial offices and 50 per cent of staff members.”
Further, the Order stated that, “All the stakeholders shall scrupulously follow and abide by the rules and regulations and guidelines issued from time to time by the Bombay high court, Government of Maharashtra and the local authorities in respect of the Covid appropriate behaviour.”
The Advocate Satish Mulik, President of Pune Bar Association, said that, “Because of the pandemic, cases are pending and piling up in courts. The lawyers have been hit badly as their earnings have been affected severely. Therefore, running courts in one shift is not an appropriate step. We urge the District Court to reverse its decision.”