SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has expressed hope that government will honour the commitment made by former chief minister, late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, to the lawyers from Anantnag district.
A bench of the high court observed in its order that the existing court complex at Anantnag, does not cater to the full requirements of the courts in the southern KAshmir district.
“It is only after proper appreciation and evaluation of the issues that it was decided to utilize the office of the SP complex for housing the court complex. The experts, accordingly prepared the DPR for an amount of Rs 3.19 crores for converting the SPs office complex into the court rooms.”
It was submitted at bar that the space available in the SP office complex, Anantnag, adjoining the boundary wall of the court complex can be utilized for construction of lawyers chambers. It is also submitted that there was huge space available in the old SPs office complex and same can be utilized for parking of vehicles.
“We, accordingly, direct the state to utilize the aforesaid SPs office complex for housing of courts and implement the DPR. The lawyers chambers can also be constructed in the manner observed in the order to fulfill the commitment of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed the Ex chief Minister of the State. We hope and trust that the respondent state will honour the commitment of its Ex Chief minister and construct the lawyers’s chambers also in the manner it is provided in this order.”
The court directed the commissioner secretary to Government, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, to take necessary steps in the manner and filed compliance report before the date of hearing in the week commencing from April 18.
Meanwhile the SICOP authorities informed the court lifts will be made operational at District Court Complex herein two weeks.
“In view of the assurances given in the report, the lifts shall be made operational and functional by or before April 4,” court said.
The court was informed that J&K Special Tribunal has been made functional at Srinagar and the member has been permanently posted in the Tribunal. “The Government shall take steps for supplying other vacancies also in the J&K Special Tribunal,” the court added.
About the issue of salary for the daily wagers, working in different courts, the bench said the direction the funds have not been provided by the government.
“The amount has not been released in favour of Registrar General of this court till date. It has been made clear to the Government, on number of occasions, that it is their responsibility to provide complete paraphernalia to the people of the state for vindication of their legal rights,” the court said and directed the Chief Secretary to ensure release of requisitioned funds to the tune of Rs. 90 lakhs under subject ‘OE’ projected in the revised estimate for the year 2015-16 so as to ensure that people of the state do not suffer on any count.