Telangana High Court was the first and only High Court in the country that ran all nine benches through video conferencing during the last five months, declared Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan.
Speaking at a function after hoisting the national flag on the occasion of 74th Independence Day at the High Court today, he thanked the members of the legal fraternity and the registry and the staff for their cooperation during these critical times.
He observed that both the lawyers and litigants are facing unparallel problems. Fortunately, the State Government came to the financial rescue of the advocates by sanctioning 25 crores. The first instalment has already been paid to advocates and hoped that the state government will be in a position to deposit the second instalment as well.
Chauhan further informed the gathering that the Telangana Government has designated 3 hospitals for taking care of advocates and Advocate clerks and their families who may suffer from Coronavirus. Expressing concern about the welfare of court employees, he said that a covid -19 fund has been created to look after the medical treatment of contractual and outsourcing employees with a generous contribution from the legal fraternity.
He informed that Corona covered insurance policy was taken for an amount of Rs.2.5 lakh each to about 2,190 employees so that the medical bills of Corona treatment can be taken care for the benefit of litigants and lawyers.
Referring to the other initiatives taken up by the High Court CJ Chauhan stated that three mobile vans have been launched which are well equipped for allowing video conferencing. This is a singular achievement as the state is the first in the country to have launched such vans. He hoped that remaining vans would also be launched soon so as to cover all the Judicial Districts of the State with these mobile vans which would enable to take literally justice to the doorsteps of the people.
Advocate General B.S.Prasad, Chairman of Bar Council of Telangana State A.Narasimha Reddy, President of High Court Bar Council T Suryakaran Reddy, Additional Solicitor General of India M Rajeshwar Rao, Law Secretary Santosh Reddy, Registrars of High Court also participated.