Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde inaugurating e-Sewa Kendra in High Court of Tripura on Wednesday

Agartala: In a move towards bringing transparency and easy access to basic information on judicial functioning and trial of cases under the e-Courts project, an e-Sewa Kendra was inaugurated by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde inside the High Court of Tripura on Wednesday.

The CJI, on a four-day visit to the Northeast that started from Assam on December 19, reached Agartala from Mizoram on Wednesday and visited the Tripur Sundari temple before inaugurating the facility at the High Court premises.

The e-Sewa Kendras are dedicated to serve as a one-stop center for all legal aid and assistance for common litigants and advocates in having access to case status, facilitating digital copies of judgments.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Justice Bobde said he had not thought Tripura would be so advanced in terms of technology.

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“On having taken the decision to go electronic was ‘acutely conscious’ that this technology is going to make justice ‘technology-dependent’. But the other option was to shut down the court, which was not possible, particularly for the high courts and the Supreme Court,” Justice Bobde said.

He added that it is a great idea and to have e-Sewa Kendras will give access to technology, which will in turn give people access to courts.

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Chief justice of Tripura High Court AA Kureshi said that the landlocked state, once a source of inspiration for the great thinker, philosopher and poet Rabindranath Tagore, also produced two of Indian film industry’s best music composers that Indian film industry has seen—SD Burman and RD Burman.

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“The use of technology in justice delivery is not new phenomena, but the spread of coronavirus pushed us into accepting and adopting new technology in a furious space. In the process we realized that technological advances can do wonders in the judicial system,” Justice Kureshi said.

He added that across the country justice delivery systems were kept on during the most difficult times through virtual courts when holding physical courts was not possible without endangering human lives.

“We also realized that cutting edge technology has a propensity of creating divide and exasperating a divide between the haves and have nots, which already exists,” Justice Kureshi added.

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Stressing on careful use of technology with human touch, Justice Kureshi said the e-Sewa Kendras will provide services to all those who do not have access as much as those who have.

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