The Bombay High Court Monday lashed out at the state government for not providing proper assistance in cases where the state was involved.
The HC said that the government was a litigant in 80 per cent of the cases and training centres were required for government lawyers on the lines of police academies.
“Just like police training centres, there should be centres for government pleaders. They should be trained on how to argue, new aspects and amendments in law. Developing of skills is required as being a lawyer is a specialised trade like doctors” Justices N H Patil and V L Achaliya said.
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The court further said that the government needs to change its work culture, approach and mindset towards judiciary and urged it to assist the courts so that the common man’s grievances are resolved promptly.” On the whole the system needs to be changed. The shifting of blame should be stopped,” observed the HC.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) relating to land allotted by the state government to a cooperative society in Nashik. The Urban Development Department had delayed filing of an affidavit in this matter.
“In spite of court orders, no instructions have been issued by the UDD which obstructs functioning of court and delays decision making problems. The work culture should be changed so that assistance is provided to the court. This will ultimately help the litigants,” added the HC.
“Failure to file reply affidavits obstructs the working of court smoothly. Approach and mindset towards court orders needs to change. When a petition is filed the petitioner stands in front of us hoping for some relief. But the court is not able to do anything because of lack of response from the government,” the court said.
The bench has now asked government pleader Abhinanda Vagyani to take up the issue with the advocate general Sunil Manohar and the authority concerned in the government’s law department.