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Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea For Formulation Of Comprehensive Video Conferencing Rules [Read Order]

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31 July 2020 12:17 PM GMT
Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea For Formulation Of Comprehensive Video Conferencing Rules [Read Order]
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The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking a direction upon the HC through its Registrar General, to frame comprehensive video conferencing Rules to facilitate conducting of virtual trial viz. taking of evidence, framing of charge etc. A Division bench of Justices Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal and Karunesh Singh Pawar noted that the rules for Video Conferencing for Courts in...

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking a direction upon the HC through its Registrar General, to frame comprehensive video conferencing Rules to facilitate conducting of virtual trial viz. taking of evidence, framing of charge etc.

A Division bench of Justices Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal and Karunesh Singh Pawar noted that the rules for Video Conferencing for Courts in the State had already been sent to the State Government for necessary notification.

"As only on 22.02.2020, the draft rules has been sent to the State Government and therefore, no direction as prayed in the writ petition can be issued," the bench held.

The Court was hearing a PIL filed by practicing Advocate SM Singh Royekwar, seeking time-bound framing of Rules for full functioning of Courts/ Tribunals/ Subordinate Courts through VC/ Online Mode, akin to the rules framed by the High Courts of Delhi, Karanataka, Madras, Tripura etc.

However, the bench said that it is "not inclined" to frame any time limit for notification of such Rules.

"We expect that looking to the pandemic, the State Government will expedite the matter and notified it expeditiously," it said and dismissed the plea as infructuous.

Case Title: Singh Royekwar v. Registrar, Allahabad HC

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