Scare after High Court judge’s secretary tests positive - ECAS Punjab

Scare after High Court judge’s secretary tests positive

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Chandigarh, July 23

The secretary of a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge has tested positive for Covid-19, sending waves of apprehensions among the technical and other staff involved in the process of hearing cases through video-conferencing.

Describing the development as "alarming", a senior officer said the judge and others might have to be tested for the virus now, adding that a substantial number of High Court officers and officials involved in the day-to-day functioning of the virtual courts came in contact with the secretary during the past few days.

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The development has once again indicated the impracticality of permitting physical functioning at the level of the High Court and the lower Courts. Around 70 officers and staff members have been quarantined after July 13 till date across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Prior to it, more than 500 judicial officers, their families and staff in the two states and Chandigarh were quarantined. High Court's Registrar Vigilance-cum-PRO Vikram Aggarwal said Yogesh, secretary in the Court of Justice Alka Sarin, was tested positive. The health authorities were tracing all his contacts. Based upon the findings, the judge, officials posted in the court and officers who visited the court during the past few days would be tested or quarantined. — TNS

from The Tribune

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