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The Delhi High Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to issue weekly e-passes for the movement of advocates across Delhi-UP border.
The order was passed by a Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad in petitions by Bar Council of Delhi and Delhi High Court Bar Association.
The two advocates' Assoications had raised concerns regarding the restrictions on ingress and egress of advocates residing in neighbouring areas of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana into Delhi for official work.
On the last occasion, the Uttar Pradesh Governmet had stated that it had no objections with regards persons travelling to Delhi from Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad to attend "private office for some urgent professional work".
It was explained that a daily pass could be obtained from the office of the District Magistrate/Nodal Officer by any person who wished to travel to Delhi from Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad for urgent professional work.
In response to this mechanism, Chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, K C Mittal argued that issuance of a pass for one day, that too by visiting the office of the Nodal Officer, was unjustified and unacceptable.
After hearing the parties, the Court directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to begin issuing online passes by 10 am tomorrow.
The Court has asked that the passes be issued within 30 minutes of submission of application and for a period of 1 week.
It is also directed that at the border, showing e-pass along with an identity proof would suffice and there would be no need to produce a printout.
Previously, the Haryana Government had agreed to issue a weekly e-passes to all advocates/staff who wanted to visit Delhi for court/legal work. This pass can be obtained from 'Saral Haryana' website.