The Bombay High Court has allowed judges in the state to buy immovable properties without its prior sanction. The decision has come as a relief to judges as property rates used to shoot up by the time sanction was accorded.
Maharashtra State Judges Association (MSJA) president and additional sessions judge S P Tawde said prior sanction from HC was mandatory to buy immovable property like a flat or plot. The process took months. By the time sanction was granted,rates of properties used to rise. Many a time,builders used to cancel bookings. We were facing problems in acquiring immovable properties, he said in Pune ahead of the MSJA elections.
Judges will,however,have to declare their assets like other public servants and a mechanism is also in place to check whether the property bought is disproportionate to the judges’ income.
Tawde said this was a major achievement during his tenure as MSJA president. The MJSA elections are scheduled for March 25 at Alpabachat Bhavan where its members there are 1,600 members in the state would elect the president,vice-president,treasurer and seven members of the executive committee for a three-year term from April 2012 to March 2015.
The Chief Justice of Bombay High Court,Mohit Shah,will inaugurate the election process and Justice R C Chavan would be the guest of honour.
Tawde said,The MSJA also has a medical welfare fund and every judge contributes Rs 1,200 annually. Judicial officers avail themselves of this fund during medical emergencies. The amount is released almost within an hour.
He said judges of taluk courts face problems like loadshedding,lack of residential quarters and toilet blocks,besides staff crunch.