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HC Asks State Tribunal to Start Online Filing and Hearing of Cases

Lawstreet Journal 5 Nov 2020 12:21am

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The High Court of Bombay has directed the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) to commence online filing & virtual hearing of cases & provide a report on measures to ameliorate grievances of applicants due to the ongoing pandemic. This online filing and hearing of cases should be commenced by Tuesday i.e.3rd November 2020.

An advocate had approached the High Court & complained that MAT wasn't functioning even though other tribunals had commenced virtual hearings. This led to the HC’s directions to start online filing and Hearing of Cases.

This was heard by a division bench of two judges: Chief Justice Dipankar Datta & Justice Girish Kulkarni. 

Lawyer Yogesh Prakash Morbale filed this petition in October 2020 and while hearing this petition, the court was informed by Lawyers Vinod Sangvikar&Yashodeep Deshmukh that since the lockdown had been announced, MAT had stopped functioning, & its official website was not updated regularly.

The Lawyers sought directions to MAT to commence online filings & hearings on an immediate basis & to develop & update the official website to make it user friendly due to the ongoing crisis.

Sangvikar& Deshmukh had submitted that only MAT that had not started video-conference hearings & online filing of pleas and despite the unprecedented Covid-19 situation & subsequent restrictions, most courts, tribunals & other adjudicating authorities had started functioning on virtual platforms.

High Court’s decision of July was also referred by the petitioner which directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to hear appeals filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act through a virtual platform in… Continue Reading...

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