Saurabh Malik

Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh, January 10

Adopting odd-even formulation for listening to instances, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket on Monday scaled down its functioning to nearly half following the outbreak of the Covid third wave.

An order issued this night made it clear that three Division Benches would perform every day.

The Benches headed by Justice Augustine George Masih, Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa and Justice M.S. Ramachandra Rao would perform on “odd” dates similar to first, third and fifth.

The Benches headed by Justice Ajay Tewari, Justice Ritu Bahri and Justice G.S. Sandhawalia would perform on even dates similar to second, fourth and sixth.

The primary Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli would maintain Court docket each Monday, Thursday or another day.

The order additionally made it clear that 5 Single Benches would hear civil issues and writ petitions, and 13 Benches would take up felony issues in the course of the odd dates. On even dates, 4 Single Benches would hear civil issues and writ petitions, and 13 Benches would take up felony issues  

The order was handed “holding in view the upsurge of Covid-19 instances within the States of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory Chandigarh, the federal government advisories and with a view to make sure the protection of the Judges, advocates, workers and litigants”.

It adopted suggestions by a particular committee in session with the Extra Solicitor-Normal of India, Advocates-Normal of Punjab and Haryana, UT senior standing counsel and public prosecutor, and the president of the Senior Advocates Bar Affiliation, together with president and secretary of the Excessive Court docket Bar Affiliation.



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