SC directs Centre to disburse funds to states for infrastructure for subordinate judiciary

The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the Centre to disburse funds allocated for various state governments to develop infrastructure and filling up vacancies in subordinate judiciary.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna perused the report filed by senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae in the matter.

Taking note of the report, the bench directed that the compliance reports of the Centre, state governments and Union Territories be sent to the amicus curiae — one who assists a court by offering information and expertise on the issues pertaining to a case.

Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, sought directions to the Centre, as a one time measure, to consider release of Rs 15,000 crore for pending proposals in a phased manner and the matching contribution by the state governments and UTs.

He pointed out that with regard to short term directions whereby the states were required to submit to the Centre utilisation certificates of funds disbursed, only eight states and three Union Territories — Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Goa and Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar island and Puducherry — have submitted the required details.

In the note, Hansaria sought directions to the states of Uttarakhand (Rs 2.30 crore), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 2.92 crore), Tripura (Rs 16.97 crore), Puducherry (Rs 7.95 crore), Delhi (Rs 10.92 crore) and Chandigarh (Rs  7.97 crore) to submit their pending utilization certificates for 2017-18 within a month.

Further, he sought directions to the Centre to restore the earlier fund sharing pattern of 75 per cent and 25 per cent.