SC Bar Association urges CJI to resume physical hearing in highest court

By Scba urges Cji to resume physical hearing in Sc Bearing in mind that there is a drop in COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) wrote to the judge on Saturday Chief of India NV Ramana to urge him to resume physical hearing at the Supreme Court with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols and proper behavior.

SCBA President and Senior Counsel, Vikas Singh, in the letter to the CJI, said the pandemic in the country has been very well contained over the past two weeks, requested the opening of the higher court in physical mode. The letter said the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had decided to reopen schools, colleges and gymnasiums in Delhi from February 7 and offices were now allowed to operate at 100%.

He added that in Delhi, the positivity rate had dropped to 3.85% so far. “The situation as of February 4, 2022, with regard to the occupation of COVID-19 beds, is that in hospitals, out of 15,426 COVID beds, only 1200 (or 7.78%) are occupied. In the care center dedicated COVID, out of 4,626 beds, only 138 beds (or 2.98%) are occupied and in dedicated COVID health center, out of 198 beds, only 5 beds (or 2.53%) are occupied. the above situation, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to reopen schools, colleges and gymnasiums in Delhi with effect from 7th February 2022. Offices are now allowed to operate at 100% capacity and the Gyms will open with restrictions, added DDMA Order 8 will reopen from February 14,” he added.

Under these circumstances, there is no justification for not opening the Supreme Court for a full physical hearing every 5 days immediately, the letter states. The letter further said: “As demonstrated during the previous phase of the physical hearing in November-December 2021, the lawyers will continue to wear their masks and adhere to the Covid protocol while it is in place.”

A public hearing is both the convention and the constitutional requirement of the Supreme Court. It is therefore requested that the physical hearing at the Supreme Court resume immediately as it predated the pandemic, he said. In view of the increasing number of Omicron variants of COVID-19 cases during the third wave, the Supreme Court on January 2, 2022 had decided to switch to the system of virtual hearings from January 3.

Suspending the physical and hybrid hearing option, the Supreme Court had decided to move to a full virtual hearing. By another circular, the senior magistrates decided to work from their residential offices. (ANI)

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