Hooda reiterates demand for separate high court

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday again reiterated his demand for a separate high court for the state.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 2:48 pm

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday again reiterated his demand for a separate high court for the state.

“It is the constitutional right of the state and it can be realised by bifurcating the existing premises,judges and staff of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. This will not only answer the aspirations of the people of the state but also help strengthen the judicial system in Haryana,” Hooda said while speaking during the conference of chief ministers of states and chief justices of the high courts in New Delhi.

Demanding adjustment of judges between the two states in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,Hooda said: “The present ratio of 60:40 should be changed to 50:50,keeping in mind the recent trend that more litigation is originating from Haryana than Punjab.”

Hooda,who also supported the formation of an all India judicial service in the country,added: “Apart from increasing the number of judges,courts and improving the infrastructure,even marginal changes in the functioning of the executive can help reduce litigation. Haryana has notified its Litigation Policy in 2010 and the experiment has been very positive.”

He added that the key strategies being adopted to minimise litigation are avoiding litigation through efficient and transparent decision making,quick response to representations,managing and monitoring litigation through IT systems,capacity building,alternative methods of dispute settlement and improving infrastructure,manpower,systems and procedures.

The chief minister further said that Haryana supported all efforts to create a national judicial data grid as a part of e-courts programme. “For speedy trial of cases,Haryana has created 14 posts of additional senior judges and 140 assistant public prosecutors are being recruited. The issue of doubling the existing number of courts in subordinate judiciary requires serious consideration,” he added.

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