A petitioner, Satyanarain Sharma, a practising advocate and former secretary of Rohini Court Bar Council has moved a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to install fibre line for uninterrupted and high-speed internet in all the cell operators in every court complex situated in Delhi. The plea seeks directions to the concerned authorities to take necessary action on an immediate basis for improving the network connectivity in all the court complexes in the national capital.
Following a review of the petition filed, Justice Navin Chawla referred the matter before the appropriate division bench for October 12.
The petition projected the problem faced by judge, lawyers and litigants due to poor internet connectivity, hence asks for the court to intervene and resolve the issues. The plea added that the majority of lawyers are facing the problem connectivity in their chamber blocks in court complexes and this has been making the work difficult for practising advocates.
The plea cited three major issues regarding the digital divide – accessibility to equipment and apt infrastructure, broadband connectivity, and lack of digital literacy and skills required to process proceedings completely.
Further, the plea points out the lack of 5G network availability. Even though the Union f India is paving the way to make a Digital India and the network providers are still on 4G in India whereas the other countries are using 5G network.