Delhi High Court Directs Government to Submit Affidavit, Hears Out Matter for Up-Grading Existing Internet Lines in District Courts

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On June 4, 2020, the Delhi High Court directed the Delhi Government to submit an affidavit. This affidavit is for the up-gradation of existing internet lines from 34 MBPS to 1 GBPS in District Courts.

Brief Facts of the Case

In 2018 there was a request for upgradation in District Courts. It aimed for the digitization of court records. In this case, the bench comprises of justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad. The Court asked the government to explain the reason for failure for the past two and a half years.

Petitioner’s Submission

The PIL seeks directions for all Family Courts to record evidence through video conferencing. The petitioner has filed the petition for dissolution of his marriage with his wife. But the delay of recording evidence via video conferencing delayed the judgment. The current lockdown led the family Courts to a stand still. Moreover, the petitioner under Article 226 approached the High Court to seek direction to record evidence online.

Petitioner’s Prayer

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The District & Session Judge and the High Court of Delhi sent a few letters relating to the upgradation. The Registrar of the Delhi High Court informed the Court of the repeated letters addressed to the Government of NCT Delhi. The letter further provided that there is a need for upgradation of lease lines from 34 MBPS to 1 GBPS in each District Court.

Court’s Observation

The Court observed that a reminder had been issued by the High Court to the secretary, GNCTD. The reminder highlighted the issue that video conferencing is an urgent need to conduct Court proceedings during the lockdown. Moreover, this is only possible with the upgradation of lease lines.

Court’s Order

The Court in light of the current situation and seriousness of the matter ordered that the said affidavit must be filed by a senior officer of the GNCTD on or before 12.06.2020.

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Further, the Court stated that the family court will take a view in the matter depending on the urgency of the case and facilities available.


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