SC cancels video hearing

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/26/2020 12:04:34 AM

NEW DELHI, Mar 25: The Supreme Court has cancelled hearing of all urgent matters via video conference scheduled to take place on Wednesday in view of a nationwide 21-day complete lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
No immediate clarity if any hearings will be held during the lockdown period, though staff said the judges may hear most urgent cases on their landline numbers at residences, orders for which are in the pipeline.
“Take note that in view of complete lockdown throughout the country for 21 days, the matters listed tomorrow i.e. 25.03.2020 (Wednesday) before the Benches comprising Hon’ble Dr Justice DY Chandrachud and Hon’ble Justice Surya Kant as well as Hon’ble Justice L Nageswara Rao and Hon’ble Justice Aniruddha Bose through video conferencing will not be taken up and the same stand adjourned,” the Supreme Court administration announced late Tuesday night.
The announcement didn’t mention any future date when these urgent cases would be taken up for hearing.
In an unprecedented measure taken in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court had on Monday banned physical entry to its complex and decided to take up urgent matters alone via video conferencing.
As the Supreme Court geared to start hearing urgent matters via video conferencing, its administration on Monday notified the modalities for lawyers and litigants to use a special app ‘Vidyo’ for the purpose.
“For the purpose of video-conferencing, the app ‘Vidyo’ may be downloaded on personal desktop/ laptop/mobile device by clicking download link available on,” a circular issued by the Supreme Court stated. The ‘Video’ app can also be downloaded from Google Play Store for Android phone and from Apple Store for iOS phone, it added.
A trial run of holding hearings via video conferencing was conducted successfully on Monday as the top court suspended entry into the court premises through proximity cards. “We have 6000 licenses for a Video app. Will give you the particular link and you can address us from home,” Chief Justice of India SA Bobde had said.



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