Delhi HC calls for account of district judges’ leave intimation since Feb. 1
Writ Petition claimed district judges remain absent sans prior intimation
New Delhi, April 7 (Delhi Crown): Amid complaints regarding district judges in Delhi going on leave without prior intimation, the Delhi High Court has directed all Principal District & Sessions Judges in the city to send a report to it within two weeks regarding leave applications received from district judges since February 1.
The HC had in November directed all district judges to intimate about their leave from court at least one day in advance, so that the same could be uploaded on the courts’ websites for all concerned, including the litigants and the advocates.
The latest HC order came earlier this week while hearing a Writ Petition filed by Advocate Amish Aggarwala who submitted that the court’s order dated November 12 was not being followed by district judges.
“That order was diligently followed for some time. However, with the passage of time, it is not being adhered to anymore and once again there is laxity in the matter of updation of the leave status of the Judicial Officers serving in the District Judiciary,” said Adv. Aggarwala in his Writ Petition.
Taking a strong note of the Writ, Justices Navin Chawla and Vipin Singh directed all the Principal District and Sessions Judges to give an account of leave intimation by all the judges since February 1, along with the date and time when the same were filed, and the date and time when information with regard to the leave was updated on the website of the District Court concerned.
“Reasons for the delay in updation should also be disclosed in respect of each such instance. The report be sent within 2 weeks,” said the HC order.
The matter was listed for next hearing on April 28.