Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayar has written a letter to Chief Justice DN Patel of the Delhi High Court to reflect upon the decision of continuing with physical hearings at the High Court and the subordinate courts.
The letter states:
'With a deep sense of anguish and pain I say that the time has come to have a relook at the viability of continuation of these physical hearings especially keeping in mind the health and safety of the Hon'ble judges, lawyers, and the staff employed by lawyers and judges.'
By citing media reports which suggest that a large number of High Court staff, including some judicial officers, have tested positive for the COVID19 virus, Mr Nayar has said that this fact in itself is sufficient to warrant a reconsideration of the decision to allow physical hearings.
'Situation has worsened in the last few weeks and there is again a shortage of beds in the hospital, Mr Nayar informs.
While referring to the fact that the judges have now adapted to the new method, Mr Nayar has suggested that the time has come to have virtual hearings for regular matters as well, instead of having en bloc adjournments.
'We have an efficient and effective mechanism for dealing with cases through video-conferencing', the letter states.
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