Srinagar: The J&K government has informed the High Court that the new district court complex at Mominabad Tengpora will be complete in all respects by July 10 and will be made operational by the third week of July.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court had earlier directed the government to complete the district court complex by the end of June.
“With regard to the Mominabad district court complex, the learned counsel for the state informs us that the said complex would be completed in all respects by 10th July, 2017, so that the court could be inaugurated and made operational around the 3rd week of July, 2017,” said a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation.
The counsel for the state also informed the court that regarding the district court complex at Bandipora, private negotiations are at the final stage and the result will be known within a day or so. The court directed the counsel to file the latest position before the next hearing. The court directed the counsel to furnish a detailed status report with respect to other district court complexes.
The court remarked that with respect to additional staff and issue of daily wagers, the state government had not responded properly even though the registry of the High Court had already submitted the updated proposal to the state.
The court said that the Supreme Court had made very strong observations in civil appeal no.36084 dated December 8, 2016, that the need to facilitate proper functioning of judiciary is a constitutional necessity, which imposes a non-negotiable obligation on the state government to create an adequate number of posts and provide sufficient infrastructure. Therefore, the state government is provided one week’s time to respond to the issue of daily wagers and additional staff, the court said.
On April 10 last year, Minister for Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan during his visit to the under-construction edifice was “assured” by officials that the complex would be ready by June 2016.
The new complex was meant to have 310 lawyers’ chambers, to be constructed in two phases at an estimated cost of Rs 1547.25 lakh, which according to sources has been completed. The PIL will be heard again on July 24.