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Haryana: FC court sends summons via WhatsApp

Haryana: FC court sends summons via WhatsApp

CHANDIGARH: With the evolution of technology in a modern age, a Messenger Application is being used for the summons to be sent through WhatsApp to avoid or to decrease delays. A Financial Commissioner (FC) court in Haryana, which is headed by senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka ordered that summons, can be carried out through WhatsApp.

According to Times of India, this practice is done for the first time in the country. Earlier this process would be done only through e-mail or fax. Khemka, who discusses the issues such as revenue laws in the state, gave this process while hearing a case of partition, a family property which is related to three brothers of Aurang Shahpur village of Hisar.

The noticed which were sent to the brothers were received by both but couldn’t reach to Krishan as he had shifted to Kathmandu.

Khemka said on Thursday, “An email address or a mobile phone number is also the address of a person in the present times.” The FC court directed that an image of the summons notice bearing the court’s seal be sent to his number and that printout of the delivery report on WhatsApp shall be considered as proof of delivery.

According to Indian Express, “The modern age is made highly mobile due to technological advancements. The physical address is no longer permanent as before and keeps changing. But electronic mail address and mobile phone number of a person is relatively more permanent than his physical address. The law is not fossilised. Law is a living concept and follows technological advancements. An email address or a mobile phone number is also the address of a person in the present times.”