HC dissatisfied with state reply on additional chambers at Srinagar court

HC dissatisfied with state reply on additional chambers at Srinagar court
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday granted one week time to state government to file affidavit indicating as to why the proposal relating to construction of additional building for lawyers chambers at Moominabad, Srinagar is not feasible.
The division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice MK Hanjura showed dissatisfaction with the status report filed by Law Department and remarked that there was no strong reason for not constructing lawyer chambers.
The court said, “In terms of order dated 20.02.2018, this court while examining the status report filed by the government, had declared the same as vague not supported by any material either from the Finance Secretary or the Chief Secretary of the State. The report submitted by the Deputy Legal Remembrancer, Law Department was also declared as vague and bereft of details and accordingly the Secretaries to the Government, Finance and Law Departments were directed to file their personal affidavits to indicate as to why proposal of Additional Lawyers Chambers at Moominabad is not feasible. Counsels appearing for the State submit that they have received the affidavits and may be given some time to place the same on record. Week’s time is granted for the purpose.”
On previous hearing, the Law Department had submitted that the lawyers chamber were not feasible to construct because of several reasons.
“Financial constraints and limited resources are some reason behind its impossibility,” the report had said.
The court had observed that the statement is vague and not supported by any material either from the Financial Secretary or from the Chief Secretary of the State.
The state government was directed to file status report with reference to availability of land at Bandipora for construction of court complex.
Meanwhile the Contractors who have completed the mega project of District Court Complex, Moominabad, and Srinagar submitted before court that they have not been paid their dues since the project completed.
The court while taking note directed Secretary to the government, Law Department, to ensure release of the payment to the contractors in accordance with the approval accorded.

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