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Begin physical hearing immediately, SCBA writes to CJI | India News


NEW DELHI: Within days of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) obtaining its new office holders, President Vikas Singh wrote to CJI SA Bobde requesting the immediate resumption of the physical hearing of the cases, saying that even the government has allowed a congregation of 200 guests at wedding parties. as the rate of Covid infection has dropped dramatically.
Registering six common complaints against the flaw-plagued video conferencing system employed by the SC for the virtual audience since April last year, the SCBA president said that the Covid positivity rate in the country hovered around 0.3% and that in Delhi Of the 5,751 hospital beds reserved for Covid, only 437 patients are occupied; Only one of the 7,392 beds in the Covid care center has a patient and all 307 beds in the Covid health centers are unoccupied.
Singh said that when government guidelines allowed 200 guests at wedding parties, where most are expected to be without masks while eating and drinking there, there was no reason not to resume physical audition in South Carolina, where advocates they would wear masks.
“In these circumstances, there is no justification for not opening the Supreme Court to the physical hearing completely,” he said while agreeing that other rules such as masks, social distancing as far as possible and provisions for hygiene should be taken. of hands.
Singh’s letter on SCBA letterhead was named after the association’s newly elected team, including Vice President Pradeep Rai, Secretary Ardhendumauli Prasad, Assistant Secretary Rahul kauishi and Treasurer Meenesh Dubey.
The South Carolina Committee of Judges, consisting of judges NV Ramana, RF Nariman, UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and Ashok Bhushan, had recently submitted a report to the CJI recommending the initiation of the hybrid hearing process, a combination of physical and virtual modes. However, the CV is awaiting the preparation of the POE and the opinion of medical experts on the matter.
Singh, who seeks immediate resumption of physical hearing, said that “the younger members of the bar are suffering greatly due to the current virtual system along with truncated lists of cases. Therefore, given that we have practically overcome the pandemic, at Except in Delhi, there is no justification to continue with virtual hearings and full physical hearings must begin immediately. ”

Times of India