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“Chief Principle is Access to the Video-Conferencing” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud While E-Inaugurating Two-Virtual Courts for Traffic Challans

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I.T. Committee, of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday organized the e-Inauguration ceremony of the Virtual Courts for Traffic Challans Captured via Cameras. This is for the first time when an Inauguration ceremony is taking place as a webinar online.

The first of its kind i-Event was e-Inaugurated via webinar by Dr. Justice D. Y. Chandrachud (Judge, Supreme Court of India), Chairman of the E-Committee in the presence of Delhi High Chief Justice D. N. Patel, Justice Rajiv Shakdher, Chairman and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, Justice Prathiba M. Singh & Justice Navin Chawla, Members of the Information Technology Committee, High Court of Delhi and other companion Judges of the High Court.

Justice Chandrachud while addressing said that, now the traffic police can give more time to their regular duties. People also will not have to come to court and spend all day to pay the fine.

Justice Chandrachud also informed about various other online programs that are going to take place soon like, the Pilot system in Telangana for seamless administration of criminal justice, e-Seva Kendra as every member of the Bar is not technology-enabled, webinar in Supreme Court for the e-filing method for courts, etc. 

He also informed that “Chief Principle is access to the video conferencing, we want to ensure that people have access to this as the right to know of media and public is very crucial”

Earlier, in 2019 first Virtual Court of the country has been established in the Delhi District Courts under the aegis of the e-committee, Supreme Court of India, and the I.T. Committee, High Court of Delhi. Moving forward a step ahead, under the leadership of the e-Committee, Supreme Court of India and in partnership with the IT teams of the High Court of Delhi and the District Courts as also the Delhi Traffic Police the project has moved to the next stage which involves capturing of traffic violations via cameras and the resolution of the challans generated thereof.

Since its first establishment, the initiative has disposed of 730789 challans resulting in the online collection of fine amounting to Rs. 89,41,67,812/-.

This works on a very easy procedure, digital challans captured via the cameras will be sent in a digital form to the court. All the challans for the given day will reflect in the dashboard of the Virtual Court Judge. The court as per section 208 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 will issue special summons to the violator via her/his mobile phone. Once a violator receives intimation on her/his mobile phone, she/he would have the option to either contest the summons or pay by visiting the web portal “https://vcourts.gov.in”. In case the violator decides not to contest and pleads guilty she/he will pay the requisite minimum fine through online mode on the day and the time of her/his choosing within the stipulated period.

Justice Patel stated that “I’m sure public at large will be benefitted by the virtual Court and I’m Sure Version 2.0 will be much more successful.”

-India Legal Bureau

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