The ban which was imposed on entry of public litigants and clerks to courts in Jammu & Kashmir will continue keeping in view the current Covid-19 situation.
The Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Pankaj Mithal issued an order through the office of Registrar General Jawad Ahmed repeating a preceding order issued in this regard.
However, the order mentioned that if any litigant is required to argue his case on reasonable grounds, he will be allowed to do so. However, the litigant has to make an application minimum 2 days prior to the date of hearing through an e-mail to the Registrar Judicial or Presiding Officer of the Court mentioning the reasons.
The order of February 3 additionally stated that when such kind of application is made to the Registrar Judicial/Presiding Officer and if he is satisfied with the same, then he may give his permission to the litigant.
The Chief Justice in his March 21 order referred to that the aforesaid directions were not being followed and there was considerable increase in footfall in the court.
Above all, 28 positive cases of Covid-19 were reported from Jammu division whereas 104 positive cases reported from Kashmir division on Monday as per the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), J&K.