Guwahati: As the capital city of Assam, Guwahati witnessed a surge of Covid 19 positive cases recently; the Gauhati high court has decided to take up only cases of emergent nature until August 21.
The court, however, permitted to admit filing of all cases under the administrative control of the High Court.
The court in an official notification observed that even persons serving as Court staff and Judges, advocates have been affected by Coronavirus at the District Court level, and at the High Court level.
It said that it feared that the conditions might worsen in the month of August.
“In view of the above, it is hereby directed that only cases of emergent nature involving personal liberty, viz. bail matters, remand matters, habeas corpus petitions, recording of statement under Section 164 Cr.PC, Zimma Petitions and other matters involving utmost urgency in which there is a genuine need for a stay of some action, would be listed for hearing, till further orders,” the notification said.
It added, “In such cases, request for listing and hearing may be made by the concerned counsel, which would be considered, considering the nature of the matter. A request is made to learned counsels not to press for the hearing of cases which are not of emergent nature.”
The register general in the notification said that it has become administratively imperative to continue with the restrictions imposed on Court working in the Principal Seat of Gauhati High Court at Guwahati, and in the Outlying Benches in Kohima (Nagaland) and Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh) as also the Subordinate Courts functioning under the administrative control of the Gauhati High Court at Guwahati in Assam and in the States of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
However, it has allowed the Outlying Bench of the Gauhati High Court at Aizawl, Mizoram to operate with restricted court functioning and staggered roster.
“No person from Containment Zones or Quarantine areas will enter any court complex under the administrative control of Gauhati High Court,” it said.