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First video conference court verdict in NE

The judges were sitting at the high court in Guwahati while the counsels for the petitioner and defendant argued in the Shillong bench.



Shillong: In a first in the Northeast, a Gauhati High Court bench on Thursday heard a case and delivered the judgement through video conferencing.

The bench comprising Justice BK Sharma and AC Upadhayay, took up the hearing of a review petition and disposed off the case within an hour.

The judges were sitting at the high court in Guwahati while the counsels for the petitioner and defendant argued in the Shillong bench.

"There were no technical glitches. Both the parties were satisfied. The communications were clear," Registrar of Shillong bench of the High Court W Diengdoh said.

The case was a review petition filed by the Young Men`s Christian Association (YMCA) on a judgement by the same bench in 2009 regarding a land dispute with Arabinda Ashram.

The court today directed the government of Meghalaya to renew the patta of the portion of the land in favour of Arabinda Ashram.

Advocate Tilak Chakraborty, who appeared on behalf of the YMCA, said the idea of video conferencing was working.

Recording of evidences and statements and also hearing had taken place through video conferencing in the past, but this was the first instance when a verdict has been delivered in the region.

PTI

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