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Use Of Banned Chinese Applications For Court Work May Invite Disciplinary Action: Delhi District Courts Instruct All Officials

11 Sep 2020 1:30 PM GMT
Use Of Banned Chinese Applications For Court Work May Invite Disciplinary Action: Delhi District Courts Instruct All Officials
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All the officials of the Delhi District Courts have been directed to stop the use of banned Chinese Applications, such as Cam Scanner, in official work immediately.

Further, officials dealing with Website of Delhi District Court(s) have been directed to find out all such documents that are uploaded after being scanned with the help of banned Chinese Applications and to either re-upload such documents afresh or in a cropped manner.

The direction has been issued by the Office of District & Sessions Judge (HQ), after it noticed that some officials were uploading/ circulating copies of Circulars/ Bail Orders/ Daily Orders etc., scanned with the help of 'Cam Scanner'.

Stating that the same is antithetical to the directions issued by the Govt. of India., the Office cautioned that any further violations shall be viewed seriously and would attract disciplinary action against the erring official.

Not long ago, Special NDPS Court in Delhi had deprecated the use of a prohibited Chinese App, Cam Scanner, by a lawyer to scan the bail application presented before the Court. It had advised all Advocates to avoid the use of a banned applications in legal work in future.

The mobile application Cam Scanner, alongside 58 others, was banned by the Central Government earlier this year, amid escalating tensions between India and China in the Galwan valley at Ladakh.

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology invoked its powers under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 to block these apps, citing threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

Last week, the Government blocked 118 mobile apps, including the gaming app PUBG, citing threat to security of state.

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