Clinton Cards profit plunges

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Codere hit by Latin America exchange rates in 2018

first_img Tags: Race Track and Racino Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Horse racing Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Codere has cited the devaluation of the Argentine Peso and subsequent impact on its business in the county as the main reason behind a 9.9% drop in revenue in 2018.Operating revenue amounted to €1.48bn (£1.27bn/$1.68bn) in the 12 months to December 31, 2018, down from €1.64bn in the previous year.Argentina proved to be a troublesome market throughout the past year, despite being the largest source of income for Codere. The operator generated €407.7m in revenue in Argentina during 2018, some way ahead of Italy with €336.5m and Mexico on €328.3m.However, Argentina revenue fell 30% year-on-year due to the depreciation of the Argentine Peso against the Euro, but this was partially offset by growth in Spain, where revenue was up 17% to €188.1m.On a constant currency basis, Codere said group revenue would have increased 9.3%.Codere also saw minor growth in Italy, where revenue climbed by 0.2% year-on-year to €336.5m, while Uruguay revenue was up 0.6% to €70.7m. However, the operator suffered revenue fall in all other markets where it is active, including Mexico, Panama, Colombia and Brazil.Unfavourable currency trends also hit net profit, which slipped from a positive of €2.8m in 2017 to a net loss of €40.4m. Codere noted a €33.9m foreign exchange loss in 2018 and without this, together with non-recurring items and inflation accounting, the operator would have registered a profit of €46.4m.Codere was able to offset some of this impact by cutting its operating expenses in 2018, with total spend amounting to €1.19bn, down from €1.36bn in the previous year.Codere made savings right across the business, with personnel costs falling from €298.3m to €252.5m, while rental spending was cut from €125.1m to €110.4m. Expenses related to the costs of goods sold dropped from €289.5m to €249.7m, while other spending was down 13.8% to €249.7m. In addition, Codere paid less in gaming and other taxes, with this spend down 11.5% to €528.1m.Meanwhile, Codere noted a 3.4% year-on-year increase in adjusted EBITDA, with this figure standing at €282.9m for the year. However, operating profit dropped 26.1% to €96.9m, while adjusted EBITDAR, including rentals, fell by 1.4% to €393.2m.Codere’s results in the fourth quarter made for similar reading, with operating revenue down 14.6% to €360.8m, mainly due to issues related to the Argentine Peso.However, net income amount to a positive of €14.8m for the three months to December 31, 2018, with adjusted EBITDA also up 17.5% to €74.3m. However, adjusted EBITDA with rentals was down 1.5% to €103.0m.Image: Esteban Maringolo 27th February 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img Bingo Codere has cited the devaluation of the Argentine Peso and subsequent impact on its business in the county as the main reasons behind a 9.9% drop in revenue in 2018. Codere hit by Latin America exchange rates in 2018 Email Addresslast_img read more


Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) Q42015 Interim Report

first_imgInvestrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm)  2015 interim results for the forth quarter. DocumentCompany ProfileInvestrust Bank Plc is a wholly-owned commercial and retail financial services institution in Zambia, providing products and services in two segments: retail and operations, and wholesale banking. Investrust Bank offers a wide range of transactional accounts, aswell as solutions for wealth building, sole proprietor accounts, club society accounts and farmer accounts. The company offers short- to medium-term finance for project and working capital requirements, contractual and project security through guarantees, bid and performance bonds, and advance payment bonds. Its lease financing division is focused on movable and immovable assets in agriculture, tourism, information technology, transport and mining. Other financial service offerings range from discounting of bills of exchange, invoice discounting and shipment financing to buying and selling government securities, commercial papers trading, and treasury call accounts. Investrust Bank has a national network with 27 branches and 3 agencies located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Investrust Bank Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more


I don’t care about Lloyds! I’d rather buy these FTSE 100 stocks for my UK shares portfolio

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge I don’t care about Lloyds! I’d rather buy these FTSE 100 stocks for my UK shares portfolio Royston Wild | Wednesday, 27th January, 2021 | More on: LLOY UU VOD Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. 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Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. For me, there are few less appealing UK shares out there than the banks. It’s not just the immediate threat caused by the double-whammy of Covid-19 and Brexit. It’s the probability that Bank of England interest rates will remain at rock-bottom levels for some years to support the economic recovery.All of this means that I’m not the biggest fan of Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY). In fact, fresh growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have lessened my appetite for the FTSE 100 bank still further.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…On Tuesday the IMF raised its estimates for global growth in 2021 to 5.5%. This is up 0.3% from its prior forecasts and reflects “a vaccine-powered strengthening of activity later in the year and additional policy support in a few large economies,” it said.But the IMF went the other way in terms of its UK forecasts. It cut its growth estimates for this year to 4.5%, down a whopping 1.4% from its previous predictions. The body reckons that economic activity on these shores will remain below 2019 levels into 2022.A high-risk UK shareIt’s clear that the economic picture for Britain has worsened in recent months. The services-heavy nature of the economy means that GDP here faces significant perils from fresh Covid-19 lockdowns. The emergence of trade friction following the end of the Brexit transition period in 2020 has muddied the waters as well.Naturally this bodes badly for cyclical UK shares like Lloyds. The FTSE 100 bank has already swallowed a shade under £4bn in Covid-19 impairments. It can expect the number of bad loans on its books to keep swelling too as corporate insolvencies rise and unemployment soars. I don’t think revenues will break out of their tailspin either (income dropped 13% in the nine months to September).I might be wrong of course. The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in the UK could light a fire under the British economy and carry profits at Lloyds through the roof. And the share price rise since last November suggests lots of UK investors think there’s a chance of that.2 safer FTSE 100 shares!But I won’t be taking what I see as a risk by investing in Lloyds. I think there are stacks of other UK shares that should thrive in 2021 whatever happens to the British economy.For example, Vodafone Group is expected to deliver another year of meaty profits growth in 2021. Sure, tough economic conditions in its European heartlands might hamper earnings somewhat. But I feel the 5G rollout, allied with strong data demand growth elsewhere, should still keep the bottom line rising.I’d also rather buy United Utilities Group in 2021. The long-term outlook for UK shares like this are always fraught with regulatory dangers. But current Ofwat rules mean the firm doesn’t have to worry about legislative issues until 2025. The water supplier operates in a very defensive sector and I think that should support its profitability at least until then. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more


Death threats against Swiss journalist

first_imgNews Organisation SwitzerlandEurope – Central AsiaUkraine Protecting journalists CorruptionViolence Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Violence against journalists worldwide is growing and reached an unprecedented level in 2018, according to RSF’s latest annual round-up. But, until now, the environment for journalists has been very favourable in Switzerland, which is ranked 5th out of 180 countries in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index. News Such threats, which are extremely rare in Switzerland, are intolerable and pose a serious threat to press freedom. RSF Switzerland calls on the relevant police and judicial authorities to respond with unwavering determination and to provide Bédat with full protection. June 8, 2021 Find out more News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says As the continuation of this favourable climate is vital, threats against Swiss journalists must be condemned and prosecuted with the utmost firmness. Arnaud Bédat – © Jean Revillard RSF_en SwitzerlandEurope – Central AsiaUkraine Protecting journalists CorruptionViolence Help by sharing this information Bédat’s articles focused on a 4 million euro loan that Pavelko received on behalf of the FFU from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), based in the Swiss town of Nyon. Last November, Bédat received a phone call from a Ukrainian number in which an unidentified person made explicit threats against his life and told him he was not safe in Switzerland. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan According to Bédat, the phone number is one of those used by Pavelko, who has meanwhile just been elected to UEFA’s executive committee. Bédat thought the threats were disturbing enough to file a complaint with the Swiss Confederation’s justice department, which passed it on to the authorities in the Canton of Jura, where Bédat lives. June 4, 2021 Find out more The Swiss section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned to learn ofthe death threats received by Arnaud Bédat, a Swiss journalist with the weekly L’Illustré,in connection with his reporting on Andriy Pavelko, the president of the FootballFederation of Ukraine (FFU). RSF calls on the Swiss authorities to give him full protection. to go further Receive email alerts Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more Despite his many years as an investigative reporter, Bédat said such threats “are harder to bear than you would think”. He has formally asked the Swiss authorities to provide him with protection. February 20, 2019 Death threats against Swiss journalist Newslast_img read more


Brussels triggers Article 7 but ignores Poland’s press freedom violations

first_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes today’s European Commission decision to trigger Article 7 of the European Union treaty against Poland, finally taking the strong action that RSF has urged for months. But RSF regrets that the decision only addresses Poland’s moves against judicial independence and ignores its repeated attacks on the media. January 28, 2021 Find out more to go further European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans addresses a press conference announcing the triggering of the Article 7 procedure / AFP RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Poland News This is the first time in the EU’s history that the Commission has used Article 7 in an attempt to “safeguard the rule of law” in a member country. Triggering the article sets off a complex procedure that could result in Poland losing its voting rights within the Council of the European Union (comprising the 28 member states).”We welcome this decision, which shows a determination to defend the European democratic model,” said Julie Majerczak, RSF’s representative in Brussels. “After two years of a dialogue of the deaf between Brussels and Warsaw, triggering the Article 7 procedure was essential. “The Polish government has to understand that it cannot trample on European values and threaten democracy with impunity. We nonetheless regret that the Commission is only addressing the judicial issues and is ignoring the ultra-conservative PiS government’s attacks on the media.”The situation in Poland is alarming. As well as adopting judicial reforms that are liable to eliminate all judicial independence, the Polish authorities have been taking measures that threaten all checks and balances and fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of the press.After bringing the state media under its direct control, the government has been taking action to intimidate independent journalists who dare to criticize its policies, and has been trying to throttle critical media outlets by imposing astronomic fines on them.”These attacks cannot go unanswered,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “This European Union measure should not be limited to Poland’s judicial reforms but should include the violations of all the European values cited in Article 2. The EU must reject the Polish government’s entire anti-democratic agenda.”Poland is ranked 54th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, seven places lower than in the 2016 index, in which it suffered a spectacular 29-place fall. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warnscenter_img News News December 20, 2017 Brussels triggers Article 7 but ignores Poland’s press freedom violations Help by sharing this information News With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland May 10, 2021 Find out more PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure Organisation last_img read more


Mario Enrique Mayo Hernández has called off hunger strike

first_img CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet to go further RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago The Nueva Prensa Cubana website has reported that Mario Enrique Mayo Hernández called off his hunger strike after one week. He had begun the hunger strike on 14 July.According to the website, Mayo Hernández told his wife, Maidelin Guerra Álvarez, he decided to abandon the hunger strike because of his state of health and so that his family “would not have to camp outside the prison.” He is also said to have been moved by the expressions of international solidarity which his wife reported to him. Reporters Without Borders continues however to be concerned about his very poor state of health and the conditions in which he is being held.________________________________________________________19.07.05 – Imprisoned journalist threatens to starve himself to deathReporters Without Borders voiced alarm today about the fate of imprisoned journalist Mario Enrique Mayo Hernández, who has announced in a message to the organisation that he began a hunger strike on 14 July and will starve himself to death if he is not released soon.The editor of the Felix Varela news agency, a small independent agency based in the eastern province of Camagüey, Mayo Hernández has been in prison since March 2003.”We take his warning seriously and the Cuban government would be well-advised to do so as well,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Must the government wait until one of the 21 journalists held since the Black Spring of 2003 dies before it finally agrees to release the others?”The organisation added: “By committing himself to an indefinite hunger strike, Mayo Hernández is representing all of his fellow-journalists and other dissidents who have been convicted without cause and pushed to their limit by more two years of detention in filthy prisons. His desperate act calls for an urgent pardon for him and all the Black Spring’s other victims, even if this means pardoning innocent men.”Mayo Hernández’s wife, Maidelin Guerra Álvarez, yesterday sent Reporters Without Borders the following message from her husband: “I will not wait until the government deigns to grant the release of 20 detainees because they are ill or because Fidel Castro needs to improve his international image. I have even less intention of waiting 10 or 20 years (…). “I was imprisoned just for freely saying what I think and for practising independent journalism on this island. I have never lied about human rights violations in Cuba. This is why I will maintain my hunger strike until I obtain my freedom or I die. If death is the price to pay, I am ready to pay it, but I want the world to know that nothing short of freedom will now be able to stop me.”Arrested on 19 March 2003, Mayo Hernández was sentenced on 4 April 2003 to 20 years in prison for “threat to the state’s independence or territorial integrity.” He has been transferred from prison to prison four times since his arrest and has been in Kilo 7 prison in Camagüey since 21 June.He has had several spells in prison infirmaries or hospital because of his many ailments, which include pulmonary emphysema, high blood pressure and inflammation of the prostate. He already went on hunger strike for a month in November to protest against prison conditions and mistreatment by guards. August 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mario Enrique Mayo Hernández has called off hunger strike CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba News Receive email alerts News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 12, 2018 Find out more News October 15, 2020 Find out more May 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation News RSF_en Independent journalist Mario Enrique Mayo Hernández (photo), who has been in prison since the March 2003 crackdown, began an indefinite hunger strike on 14 July. In a message sent to Reporters Without Borders by his wife, he promises to starve himself to death if he is not released soon. last_img read more


Karnataka HC Judges, Officials And Staff Contribute To Covid-19 Relief Fund [Read Press Note]

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Judges, Officials And Staff Contribute To Covid-19 Relief Fund [Read Press Note] Mustafa Plumber9 April 2020 11:09 PMShare This – xJudges of the Karnataka High Court, judicial officers and staff working in High court and judicial officers and staff members working in all other courts of the state have contributed over Rs 5,940,112, towards the Covid-19 relief fund. In a press note issued by the Registrar General Rajendra Badamikar states that Chief Justice and other Judges contributed 8,25,000 through cheque…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJudges of the Karnataka High Court, judicial officers and staff working in High court and judicial officers and staff members working in all other courts of the state have contributed over Rs 5,940,112, towards the Covid-19 relief fund. In a press note issued by the Registrar General Rajendra Badamikar states that Chief Justice and other Judges contributed 8,25,000 through cheque and 2,50,000 by making online transfer. Judicial officers working in High Court contributed a total of Rs 6,06,321, which is a total of their three days salary. Officers, officials and staff members working in high court contributed a total of rs 4,258, 791. Judicial officers working in other courts of state have contributed their three days salary. While officers and officials have contributed one days salary.Click Here To Download Press Note[Read Press Note] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more


Sister Abhaya Case : Kerala High Court To Consider Fr Thomas Kottoor’s Appeal Tomorrow

first_imgNews UpdatesSister Abhaya Case : Kerala High Court To Consider Fr Thomas Kottoor’s Appeal Tomorrow LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 Jan 2021 7:19 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court will consider for admission tomorrow the appeal filed by Father Thomas Kottoor against his sentence and conviction for the murder of Sister Abhaya in 1992.The criminal appeal is listed before a division bench comprising Justices K Vinod Chandran and M R Anitha tomorrow.Kottoor, who was sentenced to life by the Special CBI Court, Thiruvnanathapuram on December 23, has…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court will consider for admission tomorrow the appeal filed by Father Thomas Kottoor against his sentence and conviction for the murder of Sister Abhaya in 1992.The criminal appeal is listed before a division bench comprising Justices K Vinod Chandran and M R Anitha tomorrow.Kottoor, who was sentenced to life by the Special CBI Court, Thiruvnanathapuram on December 23, has also moved an application seeking suspension of sentence.He argues in the appeal that the trial court’s judgment is based on the “unconnected story circumstances culled out from unreliable solitary witnesses”.  It is contended that the trial court has not truly quoted the evidence in the judgment.”The trial and conviction of the accused by the court below in all respects are vitiated by grave illegalities and irregularities”, the appeal says.The CBI Court had sentenced Kottoor and Sister Sephy for the murder of Sister Abhaya at St Pious Tenth Convent Hostel, Kottayam in 1992. Special CBI Judge K Sanilkumar had found Kottoor and Sephy guilty of murder accepting the case of the Central Bureau of Investigation that Sister Abhaya was murdered by the convicts after she happened to witness their intimate exchanges inside the convent. The CBI Court found them guilty of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and sentenced them to life imprisonment.The culprits were also imposed a fine of Rupees 5 lakh each under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. Kottoor was also imposed an additional sentence of life and a fine of Rupees one lakh under Section 449 IPC(house-trespass in order to commit offence punishable with death).The convicts were also awarded 7 years imprisonment and a fine of Rupees 50,000 each for the offence under Section 201 IPC(destruction of evidence). The sentences of imprisonment given to the convicts will run concurrently.Sister Abhaya Case : 17 Circumstances Which Led CBI Court To Convict Father Thomas Kottoor & Sister SephySister Abhaya, a 20 year old novice, was found dead inside the well of St.Pious Xth Convent at Kottayam on March 27, 1992.Father Kottoor, the first accused in the case, was a lecturer of Psychology at BCM College, Kottayam, where Sister Abhaya was a student. The second accused in the case, Father Jose Poothrikkayil, a lecturer of Malayalam in the same college, was discharged by the Court in 2019 citing lack of evidence against him. Sister Sephy was an inmate of St.Pious X Convent.The local police and the crime branch of the Kerala Police initially closed the case as a suicide. After a lot of public outcry, the case was handed over to the CBI.The CBI also could not make any headway in the case until 2008. Before that, different teams of the CBI had filed three closure reports in the case – in 1996, 1999 and 2005. However, the Chief Judicial Magistrate at Ernakulam refused to accept these closure reports and asked the agency to conduct further investigation.On November 1, 2008, the High Court of Kerala directed the Kochi Unit of the CBI to take over the investigation. Soon after that, by November 19, 2008, the CBI arrested Father Thomas Kottoor, Sister Sephy and Father Jose Poothrikkayil.In July 2009, the CBI filed a chargesheet arraying Father Thomas Kottoor, Sister Sephy and Father Jose Poothrukkayil as accused for offences of murder and destruction of evidence. As per the report, Sister Abhaya had accidentally intruded upon Sr. Sephy and the other two accused priests in a “compromising position”. It was further alleged that Sr Sephy panicked and, on the spur of the moment, Sephy hit Abhaya with an axe meant for chopping firewood. After that, the accuseddumped Abhaya’s body into the well. In October 2020, the High Court directed to expedite the trial by doing it on a day-to-day basis. A single bench of Justice V G Arun observed that it was “disheartening to note that criminal proceedings pertaining to a crime of 1992 is yet to attain finality, whether it be by reason of providence or design”. The Court allowed cross-examination of witnesses through video conferencing mode considering the pandemic situation.The accused were subjected to narco-analysis and brain mapping tests at the Forensic Science Laboratory, Bangalore.Last year, the High Court of Kerala ruled that the results of narco-analysis and brain mapping process done on the accused cannot be used in evidence. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more


Delhi High Court Directs Administrative Wing & Delhi Govt To Consider Digitization Of All Court Records

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs Administrative Wing & Delhi Govt To Consider Digitization Of All Court Records Akshita Saxena2 March 2021 4:39 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has observed that the technological infrastructure that was added to it for conducting virtual hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic must be capitalized even after resumption of physical hearings from March 15. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli ordered its administrative wing and the Government authorities to consider a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has observed that the technological infrastructure that was added to it for conducting virtual hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic must be capitalized even after resumption of physical hearings from March 15. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli ordered its administrative wing and the Government authorities to consider a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) proposed by Advocate Ankur Mahindro for digitisation all of case files in the subordinate courts and the High Court. The Bench observed that the said SOP, which sets forth several suggestions for digitisation of records including simultaneous filing of digital pleadings, will be helpful in dealing with the issue at hand. The SOP, inter alia, proposes: Increase in bandwidth of lease lines within a period of 2-3 weeks;Strict timelines be imposed on a bidder who secures the tender for digitization of judicial records;Judicial records of such matters that are likely to come up in the next two months should be given priority while digitizing so as to help in prompt functioning of courts;Scanned/digitized copies of judicial record should be made readable (OCR- Optical Character Recognition) for convenience;Bidder should also be required to impart training to Court staff on scanning, indexing, storing, archiving, retrieval and printing process;Setup counters at the filing counter(s) for the receiving of scanning charges (fixed by the Delhi High Court);Opening a filing desk where a lawyer/litigant will have the choice of filing any plaint/petition/application either in a pen drive or in paper. Based on the suggestions, the Division Bench observed, “During the Pandemic, the State also provided substantial infrastructure to enable the Courts to function through online mode. The lawyering community has also got reasonably adept at filing of cases during this period through the online/ electronic mode, and the Courts have also been proficiently taking up cases through online mode. The learning and experience derived during this period, in our view, should be capitalised upon, and apart from filing in the physical mode, the filing of digital pleadings and documents should also be encouraged. The same would save the resources, which the Court would have to otherwise deploy in digitizing the pleadings, documents, and records.” Background The direction was made in a writ petition that was initially filed seeking a direction to be issued to the District Courts to record evidence in pending matters through virtual hearings. During several hearings in the matter from time to time, the High Court passed several orders including directions passed on the administrative side for filing of cases through online mode. In June 2020, the High Court directed the Delhi Government to process the four pending items that are related to the project of digitisation/scanning of records and upgradation/enhancement of existing leased lines in the District Court Complexes within a period of two weeks under advance intimation to the High Court. In October 2020, the Court asked the Delhi Government to start with releasing funds for purchasing 20% of the pool cars required by the District Courts within three months. It observed that the proposals for providing adequate support staff including group ‘C’ staff and official vehicles for the Judges to commute to court have been pending for a long time. The matter has now been closed as the Full Court of Delhi High Court has decided to start the complete physical hearing of Cases from March 15. The order stated, “Considering the fact that Courts are resuming normal functioning from 15.03.2021, we do not see any need to keep this petition pending any further. We, therefore, dispose of this petition with a direction to the respondent/state and the Delhi High Court to examine the SOP provided by Mr. Mahindro, and take their own decisions with regard to simultaneous filing of digital pleadings/records, and digitization of pending cases, in the light of our observations hereinabove.” Case Title: Anand Vaid v. Preeti Vaid Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more