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THE STATE government has decided to set up 11 special courts in districts that have more than 1,000 pending cases related to the physically challenged, senior citizens and socially oppressed sections. Pune is one of these districts. The decision was approved at the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday. The special courts would be set up at Mumbai, Pune, Parbhani, Thane, Ahmednagar, Latur, Satara, Sangli, Nagpur, Nashik and Aurangabad. The government has also approved 55 posts for the special courts. A budget allocation of Rs 3.66 crore has been provided annually to meet the salary expenditure. For other miscellaneous expenditure related to the functioning of the courts, an additional Rs 1.21 crore has been provided.
The total budget for the 11 special courts would be Rs 4.78 crore. The purpose of the special courts is to address the concerns of Divyang, senior citizens and people of the oppressed sections whose legal cases have been pending in courts for long. The special courts would help to fasttrack the cases.
According to the proposal that was given the approval at the cabinet: “The courts will be set up in places where there are more than 1,000 pending cases related to Divyang, senior citizens, oppressed and neglected segments of the societies.”
Pune District Bar Association boycotts proceedings
The Pune District Bar Association (PBA) has said lawyers will be not conducting any proceedings on Thursday in Pune courts to protest the assurance given by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to the Kolhapur Bar Association on the allocation of funds towards the infrastructure for setting up a High Court Bench in Kolhapur. The Bar associations from Pune and Kolhapur have been demanding a bench of the Bombay High Court.
Currently, the Bombay High Court has jurisdiction over Maharashtra, Goa and Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
On Wednesday, members of the Kolhapur Bar Association met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who gave them assurance regarding allocation of funds for the basic infrastructure for the High Court. Advocate Rajendra Daundkar, the president of the PBA said there will not be any proceedings in the court on Thursday in protest of the CM’s assurance. The PBA’s former president, Milind Pawar, said: “It is a failure of the political leadership in Pune that a High Court bench is slipping away from the Pune citizenry’s hands.”