Delhi High Court Suspends Service of Physical Delivery of Court Summons and Notices

The Delhi High Court has temporarily amended the process of the service of notices, summons and daaks. This is done due to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in Delhi. Through the June 3, 2020 order, Chief Justice DN Patel directed that instead of distributing such documents through physical mode, the Court will send them through email, fax or WhatsApp.

‘The concerned parties seeking for using the service are required to furnish the necessary email address and other details. The Dispatch Branch/Process Serving Agency, in coordination with respective judicial branches and IT Branch; will continue the process of sending the documents through electronic mode from their seats only.’ – The order read.

In conclusion, the order states the Court authorities may restore the conventional method of physical service once the normalcy returns.

The Preparation of Authorities in the Event of a Major Earthquake

In other news, following several minor earthquakes in and around the national capital since April; the Delhi High Court today asked the AAP government and civic authorities about their preparation if a major tremor hits the city. A division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar asked:

  1. the Delhi government;
  2. the three municipal corporations- North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC);
  3. Cantonment Board;
  4. Delhi Development Authority; and
  5. New Delhi Municipal Council;

To file affidavits explaining steps taken or proposed. In order to ensure safety of people in the event of a major earthquake. Therefore, the Court gave the Delhi government and the civic authorities one week to file their affidavits.  Moreover, the court also directed the authorities to make the public aware about the action plan in place, if any. For their safety in the event of a major tremor in Delhi. As per the reports, 16 earthquakes have occurred in and around Delhi in the last 2 months.

Ishan Harlalka
Ishan Harlalka
I am a 3rd year law aspirant pursuing BA LLB. I am deeply interested in learning and am always looking forward to gain knowledge about new subjects. In my leisure time, I try to read books of various genres and by different authors. As people from non-law background may find it difficult to understand legal provisions and jargons, I try to write in a way that my articles are easy to comprehend and after reading them, one can discuss them with others.


The case of Aruna Shanbaug that changed the Euthanasia laws...

It is my Belief that death is a friend to whom we should be grateful, for it frees us from the manifold ills which are our lot - Mahatma Gandhi. As human beings, out the umpteen desires that we have, one of them is definitely to have a peaceful death....

Justice D Y Chandrachud’s path-breaking Verdict in the Sabarimala Case of...

“Will the quest for equality and fraternity be denuded of its content where women continue to be treated as children of a lesser god in exercising their liberties in matters of belief, faith and worship? Will the pursuit of individual dignity be capable of being achieved if we deny...

After repealing section 377, its time to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage in...

A draconian, archaic law that criminalized homosexuality was struck down in a historic judgment given by the Supreme Court in 2018. Two years after the judgment, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community has now sought legal recognition of their relationships. As the social stigmas surrounding the LGBTQ...

Modern Day Book Burning a.k.a Internet Shutdowns

The internet has become an indispensable element in our society for all the obvious reasons. For the majority of users, not a single day goes by where we don't 'need' the internet and the lack of a reliable and fast connection can feel paralyzing. An internet shutdown refers to...

Letter to UNHRC – Dr Kafeel Khan, Punished Because He’s Muslim

Kafeel Khan, a doctor by profession and a social activist has been targeted by Yogi Government since 2017, in 3 years he had been maliciously arrested 3 times & imprisoned for around 14 months on the false charges set up against him at many instances. Now he is absolved...

Prison Life In India and its Aftermath

Everyone prays to never see the bars of prison in their lifetime. Yet, as fickle as life is, it is quite hard to predict the future. It is in everyone’s benefit to know a little bit about prison life; for movies and cinemas do not do justice to the...