Decide Plea Seeking Wi-Fi Access For All Stakeholders In District Courts Within 8 Weeks: High Court To Delhi Govt


Chambers of Ishaan Garg

Ch. No. 217, Western Wing, District & Sessions Court, Tis Hazari, New Delhi, Delhi 110054

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Government to treat as representation a PIL seeking seamless Wi-Fi access in all district courts in the national capital for the benefit of all stakeholders, including judges, lawyers, media persons and litigants.

A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora directed the Delhi Government to decide the representation within eight weeks by way of a speaking order, in accordance with law.

The court observed that the petitioner, lawyer Arpit Bhargava, had not made any representation to the Delhi Government and approached the court directly.

“File a representation. No representation, you've straightaway come to the court. No one knows about your grievance. Go to the Delhi Government. Let them know. They will sanction a budget, something will have to be done,” the court remarked.

“It is directed that the petition be treated as a representation and the respondent is directed to decide the same by way of a reasoned order in accordance with law within eight weeks,” the court said while disposing of the plea.

The plea sought a direction on the Delhi Government to ensure regular maintenance of internet connectivity including Wi-Fi access in all district courts.

The plea submitted that no representation is required to be given as the Delhi Government is already aware of the circumstances and the repercussions of non-existent internet connectivity in most courts across Delhi.

It was contended that the Delhi Government had “turned deaf ears and blind eyes” to the miseries of lawyers and litigants affecting one and all.

“Due to negligence and non-action on the part of Respondent and/or its various departments, the corridors of courts have become completely inaccessible and one cannot achieve the intended purpose including access to VC hearings, E-mails, E-filing portal etc. from any court premises in Delhi,” the plea stated.