The Supreme Court Advocate's on Record Association (SCAORA)
has written to Supreme Court on January 27, 2021 urging the Judges to not to pass any adverse order against advocates not being able to attend or login to virtual courts “due to connectivity issues and technical issue.”
The SCAORA made the request in view of the internet blockade in several parts of Delhi amid farmers' tractor rally that took place on 26 January, 2021 The SCAORA urged judges the Supreme Court Bar Association to also issue a press note, making a similar request, stating:
"In the light of yesterday's violence in Delhi, the internet facility has been suspended and roads have been blocked in some areas of Delhi. Therefore, the SCBA has requested to the office of Hon'ble the CJI, not to pass any adverse orders in any matters listed today before any bench and all court masters have been informed by the office of Hon'ble the CJI. Office of Hon'ble the CJI has assured for the same."
The Republic Day was marred by the violent tractor rally by farmers’ where around 86 cops have been injured and 7 FIR’s have been filed till now. Taking cognizance of this matter, the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered temporary suspension of Internet services in several parts of Delhi, from 12 noon on Tuesday till midnight. As per the order passed by the Ministry of Home,
"It was necessary to suspend Internet services "in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency." [READ LETTER]