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Privileged Attorney-Client Communication Taking Place Virtually On Third Party Apps Shall Be Protected, Plea Moved In Delhi HC

Karan Tripathi
15 July 2020 3:36 AM GMT
Privileged Attorney-Client Communication Taking Place Virtually On Third Party Apps Shall Be Protected, Plea Moved In Delhi HC
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A plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking the constitution of an Expert Committee to make rules in order to protect privileged communication between an attorney and her client which is currently taking place virtually through third party apps.

Filed by Advocate Akhil Hasija, the plea seeks safeguards to protect the attorney-client privilege while using virtual means for communication during these extraordinary circumstances of COVID19.

The Petitioner has submitted that due to COVID19, the communications between the Attorney and the Client are no longer taking place through physical meetings, but instead they are conducted through virtual meetings using third party applications.

Therefore, the Petitioner claims, a third party has control over the data and communication between the attorney and the client, making it unsecure and open to misuse, thereby indirectly destroying the sole intent of Section 126 of the Indian Evidence Act.

While adjoining Bar Council of India, Ministry of Electronics & IT, and the Ministry of Law & Justice, the Petitioner has asked for the formation of an Expert Committee to make appropriate rules/amendments for the protection of privileged communication between lawyers and their clients under Section 126 and 127 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, while using third-party applications for conducting video conferencing/virtual meetings.  

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