This article has been written by Shubhangi Zite, a student of ILS Law College, Pune.
1. From Friday all benches of Delhi High Court to take up urgent matters via video conferencing.
The Delhi High Court has decided that from Friday it’s all judges will sit every day to take up urgent matters of all kinds via video conferencing.
Earlier urgent matters were being taken up by two division benches and ten single judge benches, but judges of these benches were sitting on a rotation basis. Now as per the latest initiative taken by Chief Justice D N Patel and other judges, all such benches would sit daily on all working days and take up urgent matters via video conferencing during the suspended functioning of the court.
2. SC refuses to transfer probe in Arnab case from Mumbai police to CBI.
A bench led by Justice D Y Chandrachud observed that comments made on social media cannot be a reason to transfer a lawful investigation from Mumbai police to CBI.
The observation made in the judgment was in the background of views tweeted by Mr. Goswami’s channel, based on which the Mumbai police had even requested a restraining order.
3. During Maharashtra lockdown: 1.10 lakh cases were filed and 20,900 held so far.
Over 1.10 lakh cases have been registered and around 21,000 people arrested in Maharashtra for offenses related to lockdown in this period of coronavirus outbreak. The vast majority of people have been booked under section 188 of IPC for disobedience of official order.
To maintain social order in the state of 136 police officers, 1,192 constables got infected with the virus while 12 passed away so far. Police attended 95000 calls on control room numbers during the lockdown as well.
4. Lawyers urge a return to a physical model of court with distancing.
Lawyers who have been appearing in the Supreme Court’s virtual court during the lockdown, say virtual courts were not working except to the extent they can provide interim relief in pressing matters.
Virtual Court’s are not working, a lawyer said further mentioning that lawyers should be allowed to appear physically with adequate social distancing norms and there’s no reason why lawyers should be kept out of courts. He also pointed out the technical glitches that occur during various hearings.