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Bombay HC advocates urge CJI Dharmadhikari to allow e-filing, video-conferencing of PILs


Written by Omkar Gokhale
| Mumbai |

Updated: March 26, 2020 11:16:11 am





In a letter to the CJI, senior advocates Janak Dwarkadas, Rajani Iyer, Anil Anturkar, Mihir Desai, and Gayatri Singh requested him to take obligatory steps to keep away from private presence of petitioners to signal and affirm the PILs.
Senior advocates of the Bombay High Court Thursday wrote to the Chief Justice Bhushan P Dharmadhikari to make adjustments in submitting and presenting instances to defend court docket employees and attorneys throughout coronavirus outbreak and to prioritise public curiosity litigations (PILs) pertaining to points of widespread and poor individuals throughout the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

In a letter to the CJI, senior advocates Janak Dwarkadas, Rajani Iyer, Anil Anturkar, Mihir Desai, and Gayatri Singh requested him to take obligatory steps to keep away from private presence of petitioners to signal and affirm the PILs.

The attorneys instructed that e-filings ought to be allowed and listening to of the petitions be undertaken commonly by video conferencing for the security and safety of all related individuals. “The grievances of poor and marginalised be given priority and with sensitivity for effective redress,” the letter learn.

The letter states that March 22 Janata Curfew has pointed difficulties to sure sections of the underprivileged citizen and 21-day lockdown will enhance their hardships manifold.

There are many issues that have an effect on poor in phrases of entry to meals, shelter, water, sanitation amongst others, senior counsels famous.

The letter additionally said, “In particular, the perils of the poor and marginalised, many of whom comprise of migrant workers stranded at various locations, daily wage earners who find themselves without jobs and income, persons with special needs, are simply unable to gain access to or avail of health and medical facilities.”

The attorneys mentioned that such marginalised individuals and their representatives have been elevating grievances with authorities however couldn’t avail required response.

The letter additional said, “As officers of this court, it is an earnest request that the justice system continues to be accessible, particularly for the poor and marginalised during present crisis.”

In view of the lockdown within the state, Justice Dharmadhikari on March 23 made an attraction to attorneys and litigants not to file non-urgent issues as directed earlier, failing which exemplary prices will probably be imposed on them.

Last week, Bombay excessive court docket decide Anil Ok Menon got here up with an progressive measure and issued a discover that extremely pressing issues will probably be taken up for mentioning by video conferencing by a cellular software on court docket working days.

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