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HC slams UT’s ‘callous’ attitude towards increasing judge strength

The Chandigarh Administration’s callous attitude,regarding steps to increase the sanctioned strength of judges in the UT District Courts,earned it the wrath of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday.

The Chandigarh Administration’s callous attitude,regarding steps to increase the sanctioned strength of judges in the UT District Courts,earned it the wrath of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday.

The administration has been sitting on a proposal,sent by the High Court’s administrative division in 2011 seeking more judges,for two years. The proposal was to be sent to the Central government for clearance. After a delay of two years,it has only now been forwarded to the Centre.

Peeved,the High Court on Thursday directed the Administration to expedite the process. Taking a suo motu notice of the lackadaisical attitude of the Administration,the court,a fortnight ago,had asked the Administration to provide an explanation for the delay.

The PIL came up for resumed hearing on Thursday. The Court,on the last date of hearing,had directed the Administration to place the status report of various proposals relating to the creation of new posts,conversion of various temporary posts into permanent ones and continuation of various posts of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and district courts.

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“Pursuant to directions,concerned officers of the Central government,Ministry of Law and Justice were contacted in person,who pointed out certain missing links in the proposals referred to the Government of India. These missing links are being sorted out by forwarding consolidated proposals along with requisite clarifications relating thereto within three days,” reads the response submitted by the Administration on Thursday.

The Administration has further assured the Court that the matter would be followed up at a personal level to ensure that final decisions are expedited. The court,on the last date of hearing,had also expressed concern over the pendency of cases. Over 60,000 cases are pending and per officer there is long list of pending cases.