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[Karnataka-Kerala dispute] Advocate complains of not being heard before case disposal; raises concern over efficiency of video conferencing

"... we have been waiting since morning for the link to be shared for the hearing and we got to know of the status of the case only from media", the complainant has stated.

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After the Supreme Court today disposed of the case filed over the Karnataka-Kerala border sealing dispute, a complaint has been moved that the counsel who had filed connecting cases were not informed when the matter was taken up by the Bench.

Grievance has been raised that the pleas concerning the State of Kerala were simply disposed of after hearing a reply from Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on a single PIL related to the matter.

In this regard, Advocate Jose Abraham has complained to the Secretary General of the Supreme Court that the writ petitions in the matter from item numbers 307 to 310 were disposed of without hearing the counsel involved.

He added that the Senior Advocate who had been engaged to argue on their behalf had waited for a long time to be heard by the Bench.

...we, representing the Petitioners in the case, had few more substantial submissions to be made before the Hon’ble Court… disposing of the matter without hearing us including the State of Kerala has gravely affected not only the Petitioners but also people of affected district in Kerala. It is also submitted that we have been waiting since morning for the link to be shared for the hearing … and we got to know of the status of the case only from media.
Complainant

Advocate Abraham has further registered objection that it was not appropriate to dispose of their prayers without hearing them.

Concern has been raised that such incidents would seriously raise questions regarding the efficiency of the video conferencing facilities being used by the Court and that the same would have serious repercussions for its continuance.

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