Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, two more virtual courts dealing with “on-spot traffic challans” were e-inaugurated in Delhi.
The inauguration of the virtual courts was done via webinar by Supreme Court Justice D.Y. Chandrachud in the presence of Supreme Court judges, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Sanjeev Khanna, Justice Ravindra Bhat, Delhi High Court Chief Justice DN Patel and other judges. The court will be manned by the officers of the rank of Metropolitan Magistrate.
It was on 26 July, 2019 when the first such virtual court in our country was generated by the Delhi Traffic police with the help of e-challan application developed by the National Informatics Centre.
Today, the Delhi traffic police have 389 cameras across the NCR of Delhi. The digital challans, captured for traffic violation involving over speeding and red light jumping via the cameras, will be sent in a digital form to the court. All the challans for a given day will reflect in the dashboard of the Virtual Court Judge.
The courts as per Section 208 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 will be issuing special summons to the violator via his/her mobile phone. Once the violator receives the challan, he/she would have the option to either contest the summons or pay the amount online on the web portal “https://vcourts.gov.in”. The web portal also provides the service of searching for pending challans either by filling the requisite details like name, mobile number or the vehicle number.
This system of virtual courts for traffic violation will be going online in Maharashtra this Friday and will be soon followed by Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.