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Courts can use solar power, suggest judges in Bombay High Court

According to reports, Solar power is a source of energy for the future, said the Bombay high court on Tuesday while directing the state government to explore using it to provide uninterrupted electricity for mofussil/ district courts and jails.

The suggestion of a division bench of Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice Mridula Bhatkar was made on a petition filed by Jalna principal district judge for giving video-conference facility between courts and jails due to shortage of police escort and uninterrupted power supply.

Advocate S R Nargolkar, appearing for the HC, said the ‘whole exercise’ of video-conferencing will be futile due to electricity disruptions in these courts. “Examine the viability of solar power. It is a source of energy for the future.There is a misconception it does not work in this (rainy) weather,” said Justice Bobde. The judges then issued notices to the state electricity distribution authorities.

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