Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH DM DECLINES ONLINE REQUEST OF LOCAL LAWYER TO ISSUE CURFEW PASS

March 31, 2020 05:59 PM

H.C.Arora
 Chandigarh (Face2News)

District Magistrate, Chandigarh declines online request of local lawyer to issue him curfew/movement pass on the ground that “you avail facility of on line filing of petition”-while on the other hand, advocates/clients are required to deposit hard copies of writ petitions in the DRR Section of the High Court for allotment of registration number:

Local lawyer H.C. Arora had been struggling since Monday evening for finding some solution of his predicament that on one hand, the OSD (Listing) of the HC, on being contacted last evening, verbally advised him that as per current procedure, in case his mentioning for listing his proposed PIL for urgent hearing, is allowed, in that event, he would have to manage to deposit two hard copies of his PIL in the DRR section, though eventually, hearing of the case will be done through video-conferencing. That was precisely the reason that he was making frantic efforts to make on line application on portal of Chandigarh administration for issuance of curfew/movement pass through online system.

Arora, received an e-mail from HC Registrar to the effect that “Your request has been rejected by the Hon’ble Bench”. Thus, an awkward situation in which Arora was likely to be placed, , in case his mentioning had been allowed by the HC, was averted, as in the absence of a curfew pass, he would not have been able to reach High Court for depositing two copies of PIL paper book in the DRR Section. Arora laments that in the absence of a solution of the procedural hurdle, which has arisen due to communication gap between HC administration and the Chandigarh administration, the special attempt being made by the HC to hear extremely urgent cases during the lock down period, through video-conferencing, can not achieve desired success.

He submitted his online request for the purpose on the website/portal of Chandigarh administration on Monday late night. He suffered a shock this forenoon when he received an SMS from office of District Magistrate, Chandigarh at 11.14 AM reading as under:-

““Dear H.C. Arora. Your request for movement pass has been rejected due to-

-PLZ USE ONLINE FACILITY FOR FILING PETITION-DM Chandigarh UT.”

In response, Arora sent a representation, by e-mail, to office of DC/DM, Chandigarh, requesting that the decision to reject his application for issuance of curfew/movement pass be reconsidered, as ONLINE FACILITY FOR FILING PETITION is not available, and hard copies have to be personally deposited in the DRR Section. In response, he received an SMS to the effect that he should call up at phone number -0172-2701900. When he called up there, the concerned official told him that reconsideration is not possible.

Meanwhile, Arora, received an e-mail from HC Registrar to the effect that “Your request has been rejected by the Hon’ble Bench”. Thus, an awkward situation in which Arora was likely to be placed, , in case his mentioning had been allowed by the HC, was averted, as in the absence of a curfew pass, he would not have been able to reach High Court for depositing two copies of PIL paper book in the DRR Section. Arora laments that in the absence of a solution of the procedural hurdle, which has arisen due to communication gap between HC administration and the Chandigarh administration, the special attempt being made by the HC to hear extremely urgent cases during the lock down period, through video-conferencing, can not achieve desired success.

(Arora had sent copy of entire paper book to Registrar this morning, by e-mail, along with mentioning note for listing it on urgent basis. His proposed PIL contained, inter-alia, a prayer for directions to Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh for invoking provisions of section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 ( as a measure to check further spread of Corona), against all those persons, who, after coming back from abroad during recent period, did not appear before the concerned authorities to submit their travel history, with the result that such persons could not be examined for corona virus)

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