On account of the unfortunate death of Gujarat High Court’s Justice GR Udhwani, all courts in the state will remain closed on Monday. The Gujarat High Court administration has issued a notification in this regard.
As per the notification, the high court as well as all subordinate courts in the state will observe a holiday on Monday. Justice GR Udhwani passed away on Saturday due to COVID-19 infection and related complications at the age of 59 in Ahmedabad.
Justice Udhwani was hospitalised at SAL hospital due to COVID-19 infection. He suffered cardiac arrest due to COVID-19 complications on December 5. Last month three judges of the Gujarat High Court had tested positive for COVID-19.
Notably, former Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Justice Anant Dave had passed away after a prolonged illness on October 7.
Justice GR Udhwani had served as the registrar general of the Gujarat High Court between 2011 and 2012. He had completed his LLB from Sir LA Shah Law College in 1986 and started practicing as a lawyer in 1987.
He was appointed as a judge in the Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court in 1997 and was elevated as an additional judge of the Gujarat High Court on November 12, 2012, and made a permanent judge on July 10, 2014.
Virtual hearing in Gujarat High Court
In the last few months, several employees working in different departments of the high court had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the administrative work in the high court was suspended for a while and the high court premise was sanitised by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
The Gujarat High Court has clarified that the ultimate decision regarding the resumption of physical hearings will be taken in a meeting on December 20.
Interestingly, the Gujarat High Court on October 26 announced live streaming of court proceedings on YouTube on an experimental basis. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, all matters are heard through video conferencing by the high court since the imposition of the lockdown in March.
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