Asia & Australia

July 17, 2017

Allahabad HC Uses WhatsApp To Seek Presence Of Parties In A Case


On July 14, a bench of Justices Tarun Agarwala and Ashok Kumar of the Allahabad High Court used WhatsApp message to seek the presence of parties in a case before it.

The bench was hearing a case relating to elections to Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh, sought to ensure presence of the Chairman, and Secretary of the Bar Council through WhatsApp, though it was not successful.

The court ordered that “We had further directed Sri Siddharth Nandan, the learned counsel assisting Sri T.P. Singh, the learned Senior Advocate for the petitioner to send “WhatsApp message” to the Chairman, Sri Anil Pratap Singh and Dr. Ram Jeet Singh Yadav, Secretary/the Election Officer on their mobile requesting them to appear before the Court.”

The order further stated that “We also find that notices of the petition were duly served to the Chairman as well as to the Election Officer on their mobile by the petitioners as well as on the e-mail address of the Chairman and Secretary of the Bar Council of U.P. In spite of service of notices, respondents no. 4 and 5 have failed to appear or give instructions to their counsel.”

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