video conferencing, Delhi high court
video conferencing, Delhi high court
Litigation News

Restricted functioning due to COVID-19: Will consider plea to allow video conferencing for Advocates, Delhi HC

It has been contended that since no definition of "urgent matters" has been given by the authorities while imposing restrictions on hearings, there is scope for arbitrariness.

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court today said that it will consider a petition to allow video conferencing for Advocates in the wake of the restricted functioning of the High Court to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The matter was listed before a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar.

Filed by Petitioner Jamna Datwani, through Advocate Deepak Khosla, the Petition reads,

"..the Judges have been advocates themselves, and appreciate ye frustration of an advocate, who has to prepare for a matter, only to find it is not been heard and has been re-notified.. the negative situation that is created is that having to prepare for a matter once or twice, on subsequent attempts, the brain just doesn't register the inputs.. leaving her unprepared to assist the Hon'ble Court, which is a clear abrogation of her sworn duty, albeit for situations created by the Court."

Given the huge pendency, the Petitioner has contended that it was incumbent upon courts to make every hour count.

The Petition has also challenged the decision of the High Court, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) to restrict their functioning.

It is argued that since no definition of "urgent matters" has been given, there is scope for arbitrariness.

The matter would be heard next on April 21.

Bar and Bench - Indian Legal news
www.barandbench.com