Delhi High Court Refuses to Entertain PIL Seeking to Adopt Virtual Courts Permanently

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Mitali Palnitkar

Published on: March 7, 2022 at 17:35 IST

The Delhi High Court refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which sought to adopt Virtual Court Hearings as a norm across all the Courts in the National Capital.

The Division Bench comprised Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Neena Bansal Krishna. It stated that the issue is being considered by the Administrative Side with the help of a Committee. The sitting Judges of the High Court are looking into the issue involved in the Plea through deliberation and discussion.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the Petitioner stated that the Court shall consider adopting Virtual Court Hearings as a norm in all District Courts and the High Court as they are extremely Convenient and Time Saving.

He added that the Guidelines issued by the High Court state that Virtual Courts will be resorted to only in Exceptional Circumstances. He contended that by adopting Virtual Courts permanently; the time of the Judiciary, the Litigants and the Lawyers can be optimized.

The Bench looked into the Facts and Circumstances of the Case and stated that it could see no reason to entertain the Writ Petition at this stage.

It added that it is observing the Prevailing Pandemic situation in Delhi and the High Court is reviewing as well as modifying its decision. Accordingly, the Plea was Dismissed.

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