Wednesday, February 8, 2023

New platform for virtual hearings in Supreme Court soon: Justice Chandrachud

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Justice D.Y. Chandrachud on Monday has said that a new platform for virtual hearings may come into force in a short time in the Supreme Court.

Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal, who was also appearing in the matter, complained about the disruptive nature of the hearings in Vidyo Connect platforms, while when Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar, arguing before a bench headed by Justice Chandrachud, was abruptly disconnected.

Justice Chandrachud stated, “Let me inform you that tenders had been floated to bring on board a private party, a competent platform to take over this entire effort from us. We are outsourcing it, but being a public body, we have to follow tender requirements.”

The Justice continued that, “Once the Supreme Court tender is finalised, I, as the Chairperson of the E- Committee of the Supreme Court, will undertake one global tender for the entire judiciary in India. That process is also almost complete.”

Last week, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had said that he has written to the Registrar General of the court on the dreadful quality of the virtual hearing system in the court and their consequences.

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