Two-Judge Bench Hears Case Over Skype For The First Time In India

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NEW DELHI — Two judges of the Madras High Court created history by hearing an urgent matter over Skype on Wednesday.

Justices V. Ramasubramanian and N. Kirubakaran conducted proceeding related to a private Home for women from the former’s residence in Chennai, The Hindu reported, while the lawyers were in Tiruchi.

So far, only a single judge had used Skype for the first time in another case on November 14, the newspaper reported.

The matter related to a roadblock stage by the women of the Home after they were not allowed to go for a church service usually visited by them.

Authorities explained that this step was taken to end their obsession with Pastor Gideon Jacob, founder of the Home, as their only saviour.

While asking the women to end their roadblock, the judges asked the caretaker to treat them with love and care.

“We make it clear that it is the duty of Pastor Gideon Jacob to ensure that the inmates of the Children’s Home respect the rule of law. He must also inform the inmates that any group of people who stage road rokos and demonstrations at public places without prior permission would normally get arrested and prosecuted,” the judge said.

“Neither the district administration nor this court would like the girls to face these consequences… But this attitude on our part shall not be seen as a sign of weakness. Though the inmates have put the district administration and the caretaker to a lot of stress… we would certainly remember especially on this occasion what Lord Jesus said: Father! Forgive them, for they not know what they do,” they said.

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