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The Delhi Government has sanctioned over Rs 6 crore for digitization of District Court records and upgrading the existing internet connection to 1gbps in all District Courts complexes. (Anand Vaid vs Preety Vaid vs Ors)
An affidavit to this effect was filed by the Delhi Government before Delhi High Court in a petition seeking directions to Family Courts to allow recording of evidence via video conferencing during COVID-19 pandemic.
In view of the fact that requests for better internet connection and digitization of court records had repeatedly been made to the Delhi Government by the Authorities, the Court had previously directed the Delhi Government to indicate the time required to fulfil the requests alongwith reasons for failing to take actions for the past two and a half years.
After taking on record the sanctioned expenditure towards the abovementioned purpose, the Court remarked,
The Court also emphasised that in terms of the directions issued by the Committee constituted by Chief Justice for Graded Opening of the High Court and the Subordinate Courts, Judicial Officers would be entitled to work from home by conducting virtual hearings.
It was, therefore, imperative that sufficient bandwidth be provided to them to run the courts electronically, the Court said as it granted two weeks' time to Delhi Government to process the projects related to digitisation and degradation of internet connection in the District Court Complexes.
It further cautioned that any delay in sanction of the connected issues shall be treated as an attempt to impede access to justice for the litigants.
As far as other pending sanctions relating to other branches and projects of the District Courts are concerned, such as those relating to the Recruitment Cell, Judicial Branch and pool car sanction, the Court granted four weeks' time to the Delhi Government to process the same.
The matter would be heard next on July 2.
Additional Standing Counsel Anupam Srivastava appeared for Delhi Government.
Advocate Sanjoy Ghose appeared for Delhi High Court along with Reetesh Singh, OSD(Examination), Delhi High Court.
Advocates Ankur Mahindro appeared for the Petitioner.
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