On the demand to continue the virtual hearing, the Supreme Court said – in this way there will be a problem


The Supreme Court on Monday refused urgent hearing on a petition seeking that hearing in courts through digital means be declared a fundamental right of the petitioner. The apex court said that continuing with the hearings in the courts through digital means may cause problems. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai observed that there are many problems in hearing through digital medium. The bench has listed the matter for next hearing in December.

The bench said, “Hearing through digital mode can be a problem. Despite working like this for a year, we are hearing 60-65 cases as against 30-35 cases every day. There are many problems in hearing through digital medium. The court said, “In the Jarnail Singh (reservation in promotion) case, senior advocates had appeared veiledly where the lawyers said how nice it is to come here and give arguments. We are also opening (the court) now. We will hear after it is fully opened.


The petition was filed by senior advocate Siddharth Luthra and requested for urgent hearing of the matter. “Today the petitioner can sit and watch the matter from anywhere,” he said. The apex court said that for 70 years justice is being served without complaint but today with the physical presence the problem has arisen. Earlier, the Supreme Court had said that the mixed mode of hearing was not working and normal functioning should be resumed.

The court was hearing a petition by an NGO ‘National Federation of Societies for Fast Justice’ and some prominent citizens seeking to declare hearing through video conferencing as a fundamental right of the litigants.


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