The Lucknow bench of the Court decided to function only via video conferencing. The Oudh Bar Association opposed this decision of the Court.
Brief Facts of the Case
The Lucknow Bench arrived at this decision after 12 days of summer holidays. The Court decided to resume hearings through video conferencing. The reason was the increase in the spread of novel Coronavirus cases in the State capital.
The Oudh Bar Association (OBA) opposed the said decision. OBA passed a resolution in this regard as well. It expressed its resentment in this regard. The Association stated that the Court made the decision without talks with it.
The resolution came in a meeting chaired by the OBA President HGS Parihar. Present at the meeting were General Secretary Sharad Pathak and other office members. The president expressed his dismay over the High Court’s decision.
Arguments by Parties
OBA through their resolution arrived at three points of contention. The High Court building is spacious such that Social Distancing is possible. Second, the resolution also stated that Courtrooms were spacious and large. Thus, maintaining social distancing norms would be possible.
The resolution stated that the video conferencing option is illogical. This is due to the fact that other establishments are open during the time. Thus, the OBA argued that video conferencing was not a workable option.
The Lucknow bench stated that the decision was taken owing to the pandemic situation. Further, the Court took this decision as there was a current spike in COVID-19 cases in the State’s capital. The regular working of the High Court has been affected since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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