Sunday, January 23, 2022
News

PIL in SC challenges reduced working hours of Bombay High Court due to COVID-19

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

New Delhi | January 15, 2022 3:20:00 PM IST
A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging a circular issued by the Bombay High Court reducing its working hours to three hours a day in view of COVID-19.

The plea filed by activist Ghanshyam Upadhyay stated that due to the Standard Operating Procedure(SOP), the principal bench of the High Court has been "functioning only for namesake" causing hardships to the litigants and advocates.

According to the SOP issued on January 10, 2022, the High Court will function from 12 noon-3 pm without a lunch break from Monday to Friday starting from January 11 to 28.

It stated that courts can be made functional through a virtual hearing without reducing the working hours.

The plea said that the fundamental rights of citizens are being jeopardised and violated and it was a matter of great concern and public importance.

"The reason seems to reduce the risk for all concerned being infected with new variants, however, it has been forgotten that if all the courts are made functional for three hours in a day, then also such risk is enviable," it added.

The plea while seeking direction to the Bombay High court to form guidelines and ensure the virtual functioning of all courts in the State also said that virtual hearings can increase the disposal rate of cases and are the future of court proceedings.

As per the plea, another SOP has directed that from January 3, subordinate courts in Mumbai, Pune, Raigad and Alibaug will function from 11 am to 4 pm with 50 per cent of staff on rotation and to hear remand, bail and urgent matters through physical hearing.

The matters for recording evidence and hearing arguments were directed to be taken through the virtual platform.

The plea claimed that there are no requisite infrastructures in these courts for hearing matters through the virtual platforms.

It sought directions to all courts in the State to function full time through the virtual platforms by laying down guidelines without curtailing the court working hours. (ANI)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Rising IED attacks in J&K keeping securi...
Rajnath urges NCC cadets to strive for a...
Cong govt telling lies to hide truth in ...
SAD demands CBI probe into illegal minin...
Plea in SC says freebies by political pa...
R-Day: 'Abide With Me' hymn dropped from...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Yogi takes dig at Akhilesh over fre... 
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cance... 
Lata Mangeshkar's health is improvi... 
Holder, King star as West Indies th... 
Indian Cine Workers Association wri... 
PM Modi to address 85th edition of ... 
Premier League: Villa, Newcastle ed... 
Japan confirms over 50,000 daily Co...