Supreme Court hearing to go virtual from today
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, January 19: Chief Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui has decided to conduct virtual proceedings of both the Appellate and High Court divisions of the Supreme Court from Wednesday (January 19) due to the rising cases of coronavirus in the country. On Tuesday (January 18), the Supreme Court administration issued a separate notification in this regard.
A separate circular signed by the Registrar General of the Supreme Court, Md. Ali Akbar, said that the trial would be conducted through the virtual presence of the Appellate and High Court Divisions of the Supreme Court from Wednesday, January 19, due to the increase in corona infections across the country.
The Appellate Division said in a statement that "in the wake of rising corona infections, the judicial proceedings of the Appellate Division will be conducted through virtual presence only, following the use of information technology following the Court's Information Technology Use Act, 2020 and the practice guidelines issued in this regard."
The High Court Division's statement read: "Judicial proceedings will be conducted in all the benches of the High Court through virtual presence using information technology in accordance with the Court's Use of Information Technology Act, 2020 and the practice guidelines issued in this regard from Wednesday."
Earlier on Tuesday morning, when the Judicial proceedings of the Appellate Division began, Chief Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui said that 13 judges of the High Court Division contracted Corona. Besides, many staff of the Supreme Court have been infected with the virus. At the same time, many lower court judges are also infected with Covid-19. In this situation it will be difficult to run the court.
He further said that in the current situation of Corona infection, it seems that the virtual court has to be run again. This is not correct that less cases are settled in virtual mode. Actually more cases are settled virtually.
From the beginning of 2022, corona infections in the country began to increase gradually. Infections have been on the rise, especially for over a week. In view of this, the government has enforced 11-point restrictions across the country since January 13.