District Court Complex to be ready within 15 days: Govt informs HC

The J&K government on Monday informed the High Court that District Court Complex at Mominabad here would be completed within 15 days.
District Court Complex to be ready within 15 days: Govt informs HC
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The J&K government on Monday informed the High Court that District Court Complex at Mominabad here would be completed within 15 days.   

State counsel M I Dar told a division bench of Chief Justice, Baddar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey that the Court Complex was almost complete and the executing agency required 15 more days to complete the work.  

Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom on behalf of High Court Bar Association pleaded that due to delay in completing the work, litigants, lawyers, and judges face tribulations.   

In June early, this year, following the submission by the government that the court complex would be ready by June 30, the court had directed it to ensure the project was complete by the end of June.  

 After district sadder court complex here was damaged in 2014 floods, the courts of subordinate judiciary of district Srinagar are ever since  working in a make shift office at Bemina.   

The court asked government to appraise it about the ongoing constructions of district court complexes of Anantnag, Pulwama, Baramulla, and Bandipora by July 24.

Meanwhile, the court granted last and final opportunity to the government for implementing the observations of Supreme Court on regularization of daily wagers in judiciary. "If the order is not implemented then court will issue Mandamus to government in this regard".   The observation came after state counsel M I Dar sought time to seek instructions from the government in the matter. 

The court asked Dar to come up with the solution of the requirement of additional staff in judiciary and the issue of the daily wagers of high court and subordinate courts in keeping with the observation made by Supreme Court. 

"The need to facilitate the proper functioning of the High Court and the district judiciary is 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," SC had observed. 

The apex court observation had come after it castigated the State Government for employing people on a daily wage basis after.  The State Government had informed SC that an empowered committee has been constituted on August 19, 2015 to inquire into the issue of creating posts for the regularization of around 61000 daily rated and casual workers working in various departments. These include workers on the establishment of the High Court and the district courts.

In a Special Leave Petition, the state government had approached the apex court against a High Court order on regularization of 209 daily wagers in the judiciary.

The High Court today expressed displeasure over disregard by the state government to the apex court's observation.  "These Daily wagers in HC have been appointed because you don't sanction regular posts on time. These daily wagers are being engaged to meet the exigency of work," the court observed and asked the state counsel to come up with solution.

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