Sr. Advocate, Bhim Singh expresses concern about doubtful journey of digital court in India

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate of Supreme Court, Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee & Sr. Executive Member of SCBA who attended the inaugural session on—a Digital Court which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in the presence of the Chief Justice of India, Mr. J.S. Khehar this morning expressed deep concern on the situation of the illiterate clients in the country who have little knowledge of computer science if the digital courts shall be able to bring quick justice to the litigants which have not yet learnt ABC in the literal word in India as more than 60% people in the rural India have not yet learnt even to sign their names in their local alphabets.

            Prof.Bhim Singh who was invited to attend the inaugural session of towards a Digital Court at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi this morning where Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi also delivered an impressive lecture in Hindi. The Prime Minister was, it appeared, addressing the judges, advocates and the members of civil society at Vigyan Bhawan as if he was addressing an election meeting while advocating for a digital court least realizing (there was nobody to question the speakers) that nearly 60% of rural India is without electricity and the computers has no value or utility in the rural areas. Besides, the computer mechanics could not be available according to the needs in the rural areas of the country. Prof.Bhim Singh said that the language in the Supreme Court and in most of the High Courts is English which is not the commonly understood language in the rural areas. Prof.Bhim Singh described it as unfortunate that the national leaders including the Prime Minister should have canvassed for the computers and the internet which is in the exclusive control and domain of the western world. Prof.Bhim Singh said that if the satellites transmitting or controlling internet system get switched off for 24 hours in their display to the third word/India what shall be the situation in the country. Prof.Bhim Singh said that as long as India has no guaranteed power supply of its own around the clock and its means Indian controlled satellites dealing with the scientific control.There could be no security to the system. Prof.Bhim Singh said that the Prime Minister of India and the Govt. should first take steps to ensure the supply of electricity to every person in the country around the clock. Besides, the Satellites controlling the movement and working of the internet system should go under the control of the Parliament of India so that India does not remain dependent on the supply of internet services to the western world.

            Prof.Bhim Singh said that the present internet system which the Chief Justice of India inaugurated today to promote digital courts in the country may not help even 10% of the litigants in the country. This system shall promote only bifurcation/isolation of 80% population mostly the people in the rural India and other living below the poverty line. That will create a vertical division in the country as the law agency/digital courts shall be available only to the privileged/rich class of the litigants whereas the rest shall completely isolated from the system. Prof.Bhim Singh also expressed surprise how this system shall help introduce the litigation in the national and the regional languages as to reach a common man in the country.      

            Prof.Bhim Singh said that he shall shortly convened a meeting of the legal experts/ representatives of all high court bar associations as co-chairman of the coordination committee of the High Court Association.    

            Prof.Bhim Singh urged Chief Justice of India to convene  a meeting of the representatives of all the Bar Associations of all the High Courts, of course, including the Supreme Court Bar Association to assess their views and seek their constructive suggestions in this regard.