The Delhi High Court postponed the hearing in a bail matter; as the applicant’s counsel could not come to the court. The counsel informed the court over a telephonic depiction. To elaborate, he had to come to the court premises to avail video conferencing facility; as he does not have functional WiFi at home. However, he could not enter Delhi from the NCR region due to the sealing of the Delhi-Haryana border.
Notably, President Mohit Mathur, Delhi High Court Bar Association, addressed a letter to the Delhi High Court to direct Delhi Police to allow lawyers living in the NCR region to freely move in and out of Delhi upon producing a valid identity card issued by the court or any Bar Association/Bar Council that the advocate is enrolled with. For the reason that, most of these lawyers do not have video conferencing facilities in their residences.
Earlier today, Secretary of the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association addressed a letter to CJI SA Bobde urging him to issue directions to allow the movement of Advocates; from NCR region to their offices located within Delhi. Especially the lawyers who live in these NCR regions are unable to get access to files, commentaries, and other documents kept in their offices in Delhi, due to the sealing of the borders. Conclusively, the Single Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta will now take up the matter on May 08, 2020.