Monday, January 21, 2008
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.

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