Expressing disapproval over the state government’s casual response to re-construction of the Mazgaon Court, the Bombay High Court has directed the state to provide a realistic deadline on when the construction work was likely to be completed. Their present reply left “much to be desired,” especially since it is in relation to a court building to be constructed in the state capital, the court said.
Justice S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawalla were hearing a matter in which the bar association of the Mazgaon Court sought directions for expeditious construction and disbursement of funds for the restoration of its court building.
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“We are sorry to note that the Public Works Department (PWD) and other officials of the state are taking up the issue too casually… They do not apply their mind when they prepare a compliance report, nor do they indicate with clarity as to how they propose to go and complete the construction work expeditiously,” said the High Court.
“In every such work concerning a court building, an attempt is made to place on record a report showing the intention of the state to assist the judiciary. Tall claims are made of financial allocations and of early completion of the projects concerning court buildings. Based on that, orders and directions of this court are obtained and thereafter, compliance on paper is shown. All this must stop immediately. In this case the Mazgaon Court building, is a court meant to be housed at Mumbai,” Justice Dharmadhikari said.
The court has directed the principal secretary in the department of Law and Judiciary and the principal secretary of PWD to file affidavits by November 24.
“We would like these senior officers to give a realistic deadline, which is capable of being fulfilled, stating when construction of this ground plus 17-storey building is going to come up in the near future and, at least, in the coming three years as assured,” said the court.