The High Court of Madhya Pradesh has suspended the working of its Bench at Indore. The Court’s functioning through video conferencing will remain suspended during the lockdown till May 3rd 2020, as an employee of the Registry was found positive for coronavirus, said the Chief Justice.
The previous guidelines of the High Court had directed that urgent matters can be filed through e-filing or through email, and the cases that qualify for urgent hearing would be heard through video conferencing. The advocates while following the guidelines have been filing the cases through the e-filing software and emails, and the Court has been conducting virtual hearing at all the 3 Benches of the High Court, including Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior.
The Court, on April 27th through its circular noted that more than 1000 positive cases of COVID-19 have been found in Indore city along with 171 hotspots. According to the information received, 20 of these zones have been declared highly sensitive.
An employee of the Registry at the Indore Bench has been found positive for the COVID-19 virus, and it has resulted in other officials being quarantined.
The Chief Justice in consideration of this situation, and the risk of spread of the virus, has decided to suspend the hearing at its Indore Bench.