Chandigarh, February 2: A day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association decided to seek Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha’s transfer and boycott his court for non-resumption of physical hearing of cases, the Registrar-General today made it clear that three single benches would hold court through physical mode in the designated courtrooms from February 8. 

The number of courts will gradually be increased, keeping in view the infrastructure or installations, medical advice, MHA guidelines and other safety measures.

Registrar-General Sanjiv Berry also made it clear that the benches would take up the cases in the cause-list, in addition to the category of cases notified earlier. An order issued in this regard stated a meeting was convened on January 31 to discuss the issue, keeping in view the MHA guidelines and the fact that no application for physical hearing was received from any advocate, The Tribune reported.

“In spite of being invited, no representative of the High Court Bar Association attended the said meeting…,” the Registrar-General asserted, adding that the Advocates-General of Punjab and Haryana, Additional Solicitor-General of India and the UT senior standing counsel gave consent for the physical hearing of criminal appeals.

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