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Rajasthan government officials to receive court summons via email and WhatsApp

The initiative aims at curbing the practice of government officials ignoring court summons.

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February 1, 2018, 11:45 am

Rajasthan state secretariat building

Jaipur: The government officials in Rajasthan will now receive  summons for their appearance in courts as witnesses via email and on WhatsApp. The home department has issued a circular in this regard after receiving a nod from the state home minister Gulabchand Kataria.

Rajasthan’s Director General of Police, the High Court Registrar, and other major department chiefs have been notified by the home department. According to senior home department officials, the new system of delivering summons has been introduced to curb pendency of cases in courts.

Police submits a chargesheet after conducting investigation in cases and often include government officials as witnesses. On the pretext of not getting the summons, government officials tend to avoid appearing in courts. It leads to delay in court proceedings and increase pendency of cases.

The proposal to send summons via email and on WhatsApp was approved on Monday. More than 18,000 summons are issued daily in courts of Rajasthan in relation to more than 11 lakh cases which are under trial. Of these, more than 28 percent of the summons are for government employees belonging to various departments. The new initiative is expected to make the process more streamlined.

First published: November 22, 2017