Lawyer uses banned Chinese app ‘CamScanner’ to file bail application in court, Judge objects

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On Wednesday, an interesting set of events unfolded in a Delhi district court when a lawyer used the banned Chinese app ‘CamScanner’ to present a set of bail application documents when the Judge took objection to this and told the Lawyer that the app has been banned by the Government of India over concerns of national security and that he should use it to scan documents that are to be presented in court.

The case pertains to the Karkardooma district court of Delhi, where the bail application of an accused was to be heard in the court of Special Judge, Additional District and Sessions Judge Sunil Chaudhary of NDPS court.

Because of coronavirus, there is presently no open hearing in the court, so proceedings are done through video conference and lawyers have to file their petition and documents online.

When the accused’s bail application was presented before Judge Sunil Chaudhary, he noticed that the documents filed online were scanned with CamScanner. The judge told the lawyer not to use the app as it has been named and also mentioned in the bail plea not to use CamScanner in the future.

The central government had in June banned TikTok, a popular short video-sharing platform, and 58 other Chinese mobile apps in the country citing security reasons. All 59 apps with Chinese links that were listed by the Centre in its ban order were removed from the online app stores, including TikTok, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, Vigo Video as well as e-commerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein and games like Clash of Kings.

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In an order issued under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, the Ministry of Information Technology said it has decided to block 59 apps in view of the emergent nature of threats.

These apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order,” the government said in its order.

The move to ban the apps with Chinese links came in the backdrop of a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh’s Galwan valley weeks ago, which resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and reported casualties among.43 Chinese soldiers.

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Following the India-China skirmishes in the Galwan valley on June 15, tensions have exacerbated manifold between the two countries with Indian campaigns about boycotting Chinese products gaining rapid popularity in the mainstream.

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