The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Central and Delhi governments on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking a direction to upload daily court orders within a prescribed time limit (Sanser Pal Singh vs UOI).
The petitioner before court Sanser Pal Singh, an advocate registered with the Bar Council of Delhi, submitted that he is aggrieved by the fact that order sheets are not uploaded on court websites.
“The petitioner is, like most of other advocates and litigants, aggrieved due to non-uploading of order sheet courts on the online portal/website of Hon’ble courts and therefore the petitioner has to inspect court files to read the court orders which consumes a lot of time of petitioner as well as of the courts and court staff, papers and court fee also,” the petition said.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh sought response from the Central and Delhi governments.
As per the petitioner, the issue of non-uploading of daily orders concerns the justice delivery system and the interest of the public at large.
The Court was informed that in spite of circulars issued by the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and the District Court (HQ) on the daily uploading of orders, the same is not being followed.
It was asserted that the government is the “governing, appointing and disciplinary authority” with respect to court staff/officials who are accountable and duty-bound to upload order sheets of courts on portals/websites.
Appropriate action should be taken against the erring court official in case of default, it was submitted.
The petitioner also informed that in October 2020, he had made a written complaint to District Court authorities, however, no effective action was taken.
In his petition, the petitioner has thus sought the issuance of necessary guidelines for uploading of daily orders.
Advocates Yogesh Swaroop and Kapil Kishore Kaushik filed the petition.
The matter would be heard next on April 30.