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Supreme Court Allows Serving Notice, Summons Through WhatsApp and Email; Allows RBI to Extend Cheque Validity

Lawstreet Journal 11 Jul 2020 11:48pm

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On Friday 10 July 2020, the Supreme Court permitted the use of instant messaging services such as e-mails, WhatsApp, Telegram, and fax for serving summons and notices.

The matter was heard by a full bench headed by Chief Justice of India S. A. Bobde and comprising Justices A. S. Bopanna and Subhash Reddy.

“It has been brought to our notice that it was not possible to visit post offices for service of notices, summons, and pleadings. Such service of all the above may be done through email, fax, and other instant messenger services like WhatsApp and other telephone messenger services,” said CJI Bobde. However, refusing the request of Attorney General K. K. Venugopal for categorically naming WhatsApp as a mode of serving notices, he said that it is not prudent to specify WhatsApp only.

The Attorney General, on 7 July 2020, had told the court that the Central Government had reservations about using messaging apps such as WhatsApp and e-mails for the purpose of serving summons and other notices. Even though the service providers claim the transacted messages to be encrypted, in reality, they are not, he added.

Apart from this, the Court also permitted Reserve Bank of India for extension of cheque validity, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior Advocate V Giri appeared on behalf of RBI. He told the bench that he had circulated a note under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, regarding the validity of a cheque, as directed on the previous hearing.

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Yoginder Aggarwal   14 Jul 2020 8:25am
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Yoginder Aggarwal   14 Jul 2020 8:25am
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Yoginder Aggarwal   14 Jul 2020 8:25am
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Yoginder Aggarwal   14 Jul 2020 8:25am
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Yoginder Aggarwal   14 Jul 2020 8:24am
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Yoginder Aggarwal   14 Jul 2020 8:24am
The order dated 10 July 2020 passed by Supreme Court allowing service of summons and legal notices through Email Fax WhatsApp should be uploaded which can be downloaded so as to make it useful.
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Yoginder Aggarwal   14 Jul 2020 8:24am
The order dated 10 July 2020 passed by Supreme Court allowing service of summons and legal notices through Email Fax WhatsApp should be uploaded which can be downloaded so as to make it useful.
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