Jail inmates in the national capital can consult their private lawyers via video conference

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Jul 2020 3:22pm

Jail inmates in the national capital can consult their private lawyers via video conference

Instructions were given by the Delhi authorities to the Delhi Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday ,03.07.2020 that prisoners in metropolitan prisons can now consult their private or legal aid lawyers via a videoconference.



In the view of the coronavirus outbreak, a notification was issued on March 25, 2020, by the prison authorities restrciting all legal interviews and family visits to prisons. This notification was then challenged by two lawyers – Sarthak Maggon and Ajit P Singh.


The submission was made by the Additional standing counsel Satyakam for the Delhi government that the facility was previously available only for consulting legal aid lawyers, but a circular issued on Monday,02.07.2020 facilitates all prisoners to use it to consult their private lawyers.


The court stated that limitations on legal interviews were put into effect by the prison authority to save the lives of prisoners, and with the July 6 circular, the notification of March 25 is no longer valid.


Additional standing counsel Satyakam also expressed some limitation about the circular that there would be no prison official present at the video conference hearing range. Taking note of the submission made by the Delhi government’s additional standing counsel, appearing for the prisons' authority, the Bench instructed the prison authority to take into account the expressed limitation as recommendations if and when it decides to amend the Circular in the future.

Tagged: Delhi authorities   Delhi Excessive Courtroom   legal   lawyers   videoconference   coronavirus outbreak   Lawyer Sarthak Maggon   Lawyer Ajit P Singh  
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