News UpdatesE-Connectivity Issues At Courts In Jammu & Kashmir: High Court Directs BSNL To Convene Meeting With IT Staff & NIC; Submit ATR LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 March 2021 3:43 AMShare This – xTaking note of connectivity issues faced by many Courts in the Union Territory, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to sit with the IT Officers and resolve all the issues cropping up in the High Court as well as in the Subordinate Courts. While hearing a suo moto PIL registered at the time of outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, which was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking note of connectivity issues faced by many Courts in the Union Territory, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to sit with the IT Officers and resolve all the issues cropping up in the High Court as well as in the Subordinate Courts. While hearing a suo moto PIL registered at the time of outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, which was later expanded to address as many as 18 issues, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma ordered, “the Nodal Officer to have a meeting with the IT staff of the High Court and State Informatics Officer (SIO), NIC at the earliest within a period of two weeks to iron out all the issues as far as possible. A report after the meeting and the action taken thereon be submitted by Sh. Ravinder Gupta, learned AAG by the next date.” The Bench was referring to three issues: (i) e-Connectivity of Courts; (ii) e-connectivity of High Court; and (iii) Lack of connectivity/communication in areas of UTs of J&K and Ladakh. During the hearing, Amicus Curiae Monika Kohli informed the Bench that BSNL is unable to provide proper and suitable services. At this juncture, AAG Ravinder Gupta appearing for BSNL assured the Court that he would ask the Nodal Officer, Principal GM (CFA) Office of CGMT, Circle J&K, to contact the Registry of the High Court and to sit with the IT Officers to resolve all the issues. Taking the statement on record, the Court directed the Government to hold a meeting within two weeks and submit an action taken report by April 6, 2021. Background The issue of e-connectivity was first raised before the Court while high speed mobile internet services were still suspended in the valley in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370. “Access to justice is a fundamental right and cannot be impeded. It has to be ensured to every citizen and courts are required to remain accessible,” the High Court had remarked while stating that despite best efforts on the part of the High Court IT Team, it had been impossible for the Court to have even a “bare semblance of a hearing”. Thereafter, a five-member Committee was set up to undertake an audit of the facilities and infrastructure and examine the issue of e-connectivity at the High Court. Case Title: Court on its own motion v. Government of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
iStock(NEW YORK) — With their father clinging to life, the family of an Orthodox Jewish man stabbed in the head by a machete-wielding assailant at a suburban New York City Hanukkah celebration is speaking out, vowing to “not let this terrible hate-driven attack be forgotten.”Josef Neumann, the father of seven children, was one of five people hurt in the violent onslaught Saturday night at his rabbi’s house in the Rockland County town of Monsey and is the sole victim who remains hospitalized in critical condition.“Doctors are not optimistic about his chances to regain consciousness, and if our father does miraculously recover partially, doctors expect that he will have permanent damage to the brain; leaving him partially paralyzed and speech-impaired for the rest of his life,” Neumann’s family said in a New Year’s Day statement.The family said one of the blows from suspect Grafton Thomas’ machete penetrated Neumann’s skull and damaged his brain. They said the victim also suffered other cuts to his head and neck and that his right arm was shattered.“Our father’s status is so dire that no surgery has yet been performed on his right arm,” the family said.As they keep vigil at Neumann’s hospital bed, the family called on Jewish people across the nation and world to work together to stand up against anti-Semitism and asked victims of hate to share their own experiences on social media.“We shall not let this terrible hate-driven attack be forgotten, and let us all work to eradicate all sorts of hate,” the family’s statement reads.The family said Neumann, who is also a grandfather and a great-grandfather, has received prayers and support from across the country and asked people to continue to pray for his survival.The attack occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday when the 38-year-old Thomas allegedly stormed into a Hanukkah celebration attended by about 100 people at Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home in the predominantly Orthodox Jewish community about 30 miles north of New York City, according to police and witnesses.In the frenzied attack that lasted less than a minute, Thomas allegedly went after people at random, hacking them with a machete, authorities said.People fought back by throwing furniture at Thomas until he fled the house, leaving a chaotic and bloody scene behind, witnesses said.One witness, Josef Gluck, told reporters that he threw a table at Thomas and that the suspect chased him out of the house, yelling, “‘Hey you, I’ll get you.’”Gluck said Thomas tried to get into the Congregation Netzach Yisroel synagogue next door to Rabbi Rottenberg’s home, but the doors were locked from inside. He said he followed the suspect at a distance and watched him get into a car and driveway.Gluck managed to get the license plate number and turned it over to the police.Thomas was arrested at gunpoint about two hours later when a pair of New York City police officers spotted him driving in the Harlem neighborhood of upper Manhattan.Federal prosecutors filed hate crime charges against Thomas. He pleaded not guilty and was being held on $5 million bond.Police are also trying to determine if Thomas is somehow connected to the unsolved Nov. 20 stabbing of a Hasidic rabbi in the same town where the Hanukkah stabbing attack occurred, law enforcement sources told ABC News.After he was captured, Thomas’ family said he’s long suffered from mental illness, but was raised to respect all religions. Meanwhile, a criminal complaint alleges his journal contains anti-Semitic sentiments, including references to Hitler and “Nazi Culture” on the same page as drawings of a Star of David and a swastika.Thomas’ family said he was not a member of a hate group. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.