Monday, January 21, 2008

The Government of Haryana has forwarded a copy of the resolution of the Haryana State Assembly for creation of a separate High Court for Haryana in the existing premises at Chandigarh by allocating 40 per cent building, Ministerial staff and administrative functionaries along with the judges appointed from the Haryana quota.

In this connection, The Government of India is of the view that establishment of a separate High Court of Haryana would depend upon the shifting of its capital from Chandigarh as also developing infrastructure for a new High Court within the State of Haryana. It also involves a Central legislation. The matter involves a long time factor. It is not, therefore, feasible to indicate a time-frame in this regard.

Hooda seeks separate High Court for state
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today urged the Government of India to establish a separate high court for Haryana at Chandigarh and fill the vacancies of judges in high court and subordinate courts on priority basis.

Speaking at the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of high courts Conference here, Mr Hooda said, "The state government is fully supporting the proposal of establishing fast track courts at the magisterial level to check the pendency of cases." He also hoped that this scheme would be funded by the Union Government.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the conference and Chief justice of India Mr Justice Y. K. Sabharwal gave the key note address.

Mr Hooda said the state government had prepared a 10-year prospective plan amounting to Rs 162.24 crore for strengthening the judicial infrastructure keeping in view the future needs. He said there was a need to simplify laws and procedures to make the process inexpensive.

He said structural, technological and legislative initiatives were required to tackle the issues involved.

He said the state government had been encouraging the alternative disputes redressal measures reduced the arrears of court cases. Lok Adalats were one of such options in which Haryana had done a commendable job. He informed that since 2001, as many as 2,516 Lok Adalats had been held and over 9,47,464 cases were taken up out of which 5,88,784 had been decided.

He informed that the Joint Judicial Academy was being set up at Chandigarh at a cost of Rs 37 crore for imparting training to judicial officers from the states of Haryana and Punjab. The expenses would be shared by both the states jointly.
Hooda reiterates demand for separate High Court

Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday demanded that a separate High Court for Haryana be set up on the premises of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here on the basis of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, that is a 60:40 ratio.

Mr. Hooda was interacting with a delegation of the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, headed by R.K. Bhargava, Additional Secretary, which came here to discuss the modalities for setting up of a separate High Court for Haryana.

The other members of the delegation were P.K. Seth, Joint Secretary, and Anurag Bhalla, Under Secretary.

Mr. Hooda said the Assembly had already passed a unanimous resolution for setting up a separate High Court. He had also written a demi-official letter to Union Law Minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj in this regard.

He said a separate High Court could be set up by bifurcating the present building of the Punjab and Haryana High Court as it was done in the case of Vidhan Sabha and Civil Secretariat.

He apprised the delegation that there were 53 court rooms in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and a separate High Court for Haryana could easily be accommodated in the present building by making the required alterations and additions.