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LEH: In the history of judicial process in Leh to deliver justice on the doorstep of the people, Jammu and Kashmir High Court heard cases from Leh, pending with Jammu High Court Bench, through video conferencing on Wednesday.
Justice Tashi Rabstan heard nine cases in the first-ever video conferencing hearing and out of which four cases were disposed off on spot.
While with the other cases, government officers including the police and the district administration were given specific instructions to follow by next hearing fixed in April, 2018.
Principal District & Session Judge, Leh, Sunit Gupta and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Leh, Dinesh Gupta were also present during the hearing at District Court Leh.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Moses Kuzang, Additional SP Leh, Stanzin Losal and heads of different government departments participated in the hearing process. This initiative is said to been taken with the aim to curtail the pending cases lying with High Court and to reduce the obligation on part of respondent or petitioner on travelling and other expenses incurred to attend the hearing outside the district, he said.
Welcoming hearing of cases by High Court Bench through video conferencing, Vice President P.T Kunzang, who too was present as a litigant, told media that this process will help all those people who can’t afford to travel all the way to Srinagar or Jammu before a Bench. He hoped that this is continued in future too.
President Bar Association Leh, Advocate Odsal Wangdus, while welcoming the first ever hearing of cases from Leh through video conferencing, said that this will reduce time as well as expenses for the litigants.
Responding to media query, Odsal Wangdus informed that many cases such as service matters and filing of a writ and PIL etc come under the jurisdiction of the High Court and are heard by a High Court Bench. He said that for a long time Bar Association Leh has been appealing for a High Court Bench in Leh so that all such cases can be heard at Leh itself.
“Many accidental claims are appealed at High Court levels and it becomes expensive for the litigants and secondly Ladakh remains cut-off for six months”, he said, citing his justification for a High Court Bench in Leh. He, however, hoped that hearing cases through video conferencing will also reduce many of these problems being faced by the people of Leh in the absence of a High Court bench here.
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