Now District Courts to shift in May

The court building in the new Judicial Complex in Sector 43 was completed over 10 months ago,but the shifting of the Sessions Court,currently in Sector 17,to the new complex is being delayed thanks to the blame game between the UT Administration and the District Bar Association.

Written by Ritika Jha | Chandigarh | Published: January 23, 2012 2:01:18 am

The court building in the new Judicial Complex in Sector 43 was completed over 10 months ago,but the shifting of the Sessions Court,currently in Sector 17,to the new complex is being delayed thanks to the blame game between the UT Administration and the District Bar Association (DBA). There is also a conflict among lawyers over the financing of their chambers and relocation to the new complex.

The construction of the court building was completed in March,however,the parking lot,lawyers’ chambers and service block are still under construction. The deadline for relocation of the court complex has now been extended to May,while earlier,it was scheduled for January.

President of DBA,N K Nanda said,“While the building is ready,the construction work of the parking lot is progressing very slowly. The Administration is delaying the work for no reason.”

“In the last meeting of the building committee,our Chairman Justice Rajive Bhalla had asked the UT Chief Engineer to set up a temporary parking space till the completion of the main parking lot,” Nanda added.

UT Chief Engineer,S K Jaitley,on the other hand,said,“The delay is not from our end. We are doing the work at a regular pace. There are various other agencies which are involved in the decision-making. No specific date has been assigned to us to complete the work. We have initiated the construction of the parking lot and it will be completed soon.”

Meanwhile,on the delay in construction of lawyer’s chambers,Member Secretary of the Executive Committee,Naresh Rana said,“Due to the conflict among the lawyers regarding the financing of the chambers last year,the construction of the chambers and utility building was delayed. However,some of the lawyers have made complete payments for their chambers now. Others will also pay the installments soon.”

“Many of them do not want to shift to Sector 43 complex. They feel that the current location of the courts allows them easy access to all other government offices and the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” Rana added.

On the contrary,A S Chahal,former President of DBA,said,“There has never been any such conflict among the lawyers. Neither were there any oppositions over shifting to the new complex nor regarding financing of the chambers,from any of the lawyers. The construction of the chambers started last year and the progress of work has been good so far. Rather,it is sloth in the completion of the court building which has led to a delay in shifting.”

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