The Maharashtra administrative tribunal (MAT) at its principal seat in Mumbai and benches at Nagpur and Aurangabad couldn’t conduct hearings via video conferencing (VC) in the course of the Covid-19 lockdown attributable to outdated computer systems and lack of technical manpower, MAT registrar Suresh Joshi has knowledgeable the Bombay excessive court docket.
In a report submitted to the excessive court docket, Joshi has stated that a lot of the computer systems getting used at MAT are very outdated – bought between 2007 and 2014 – for conducting VC hearings. In addition to, the tribunals lack the technical manpower to conduct VC, he has stated, including that, at the least two technical individuals are required for the tribunal at Mumbai and one every at its benches.
Due to this fact, from June 2020, the tribunal has been conducting bodily hearings – with two benches at Mumbai and one every at Nagpur and Aurangabad, the report states.
Working twice per week, MAT benches have in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic heard a complete of 1,220 circumstances filed throughout this era together with a number of different pressing issues, and have disposed of 599 circumstances, the report provides.
Joshi has filed the report pursuant to October 28, 2020 order handed by the division bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice Girish Kulkarni, on a petition filed by advocate Yogesh Morbale, a resident of Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district.
In his petition filed via advocate Vinod Sangvikar on October 6, Morbale complained that he had been caught at his native place due to the pandemic and hundreds of attorneys like him and litigants have been disadvantaged of entry to MAT due to lack of on-line submitting and listening to on the tribunal.
He had, subsequently, sought instructions to the MAT to conduct hearings via video conferencing every day and replace its web site to assist the e-court system and make it person pleasant.
As regards MAT web site, Joshi stated in his report that the tribunal has began its personal web site manner again in July 2013. It’s designed by Mahaonline Restricted, solely with sure fundamental options. He added that the area offered for the web site on the state authorities’s server is inadequate and subsequently each time information is required to be uploaded on it, the tribunal has to strategy the director, info know-how.
The MAT registrar’s report additionally stated that the tribunal has a md, three vice chairmen and 5 members, of which posts of three members – one member every at Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad – are vacant, and two of the three vice chairmen are attributable to retire on November 17, 2020 and January 22, 2021.
Thus, no bench will likely be accessible at Aurangabad from November 17, 2020 and authorities staff from Marathwada area should transfer both to Mumbai or to Nagpur in case of urgency. For listening to common issues from Marathwada area, MAT should make association of circuit benches, the report stated.