New Delhi: In the wake of rising coronavirus fears, the Supreme Court is taking all the necessary precautions to avoid proximity during hearing of matters. For the first time ever, the top court will be conducting proceedings through video conferencing. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Updates: Maharashtra Govt May Restrict Commoners From Boarding Local Trains, Say Reports
With as many as 80 districts in the country imposing a lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the contagious disease, the apex court mulled shutting down routine proceedings and added that hearing in urgent matters will be carried out through virtual means. Also Read - Aamrapali Dubey Tests Positive For COVID-19, Nirahua, Monalisa, And Others Wish Her Speedy Recovery
“We will cancel all proximity cards to dissuade lawyers from coming to apex court,” the SC stated. Also Read - Lockdown in Delhi Only If Health System Collapses, Says CM Kejriwal; Terms 4th COVID Wave 'Extremely Dangerous' | Key Points
The decision was taken on a day when the court premises virtually remained empty despite being the first day of the week, which is usually a busy day.
So how will the virtual hearing work?
The virtual court has been set up in the largest courtroom, that of the Chief Justice of India (CJI). The judges will sit on dias of the CJI courtroom with a computer screen in front of them. Meanwhile, lawyers will sit in the old masters’ room with monitors before them, just 100 meters away on the same floor as judges.
A full court meeting with 33 judges of the top court will be held later in the day to review the situation.