REGULARIZATION OF DAILY WAGERS
The High Court on Thursday put off till April 2 the matter related to regularization of daily wagers in Judiciary saying absence of commissioner secretary Law as well as Finance department before it today reflected non-seriousness of these officers towards court orders.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice M K Hanjura said: "The officers are not present and no exemption in anticipation of their appearance is sought".
"(It) reflects not only the non-seriousness of the authorities towards the orders of the court but also of their confidence in derailing the process by filing the SLP before the Supreme Court," the bench said.
"We would have proceeded against both the officers by framing rule against them, but the judicial proprietary demands that we may wait for the outcome of the SLP" the bench said.
The directions followed after additional advocate general M I Dar submitted that the state authorities have filed a Special Leave Petition, (SLP) against the High court orders of March 7 and 15, 2018 passed in the instant petition.
Dar said the SLP came up for consideration before the SC on 20 March and the matter has been now ordered to be listed on 23rd March subject to curing of defects, if any.
In its earlier orders, the High Court had held that despite its clear cut direction for delinking of the daily wagers of the Judiciary, the authorities were mixing them with the daily wagers of other government departments.
The court directed Commissioner Secretary Law as well as Finance Department to appear in person before it to explain as to why the court orders are not implemented.
The court had reiterated Supreme Court observations that the need to facilitate proper functioning of the High Court and the District Judiciary was a constitutional necessity which imposes a non-negotiable obligation on the State Government to create an adequate number of posts and to provide sufficient infrastructure.