A red carpet, a refurbished Le Corbusier-style tapestry and heritage sofas with round panel lights glowing over them welcomed the litigants at courtroom 6 of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday. The judicial work resumed at the courtroom on Monday after months of closure due to the renovation.
The courtroom is first of the nine courtrooms, facing the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, which has been renovated and thrown open for hearing of cases.
The courtroom, where matrimonial disputes and election matters are mainly heard at present in accordance with the fifth division bench’s roster, became a sightseeing for many on Monday even as the judicial work mostly remained affected due to the lawyers strike called against the Tis Hazari Court incident in Delhi where the bar members clashed with police officers.
In the renovated courtroom here, the old iron chairs and the wooden railing which separated them from the sofas usually seated by the lawyers has been removed. A number of sofas, designed by Pierre Jeanneret, have been placed together for seating of the lawyers, litigants and other visitors in rows. A wide space now lies vacant on the left side since the separate path created using the wooden railing for lawyers has also been removed.
The court dais, which used to be a bit elevated, has been brought down in height and also a witness box has been placed on one side. The room has also been painted afresh.
Tapestry, which is otherwise old and stained in other courts, placed in the courtroom 6 at background of the chairs set for judges presents a bright look now with the bright white light coming from the sides complementing it.
The designs, whose sample lies with the high court, are based on Le Corbusier’s Modular, which he used to organise the entire Capitol Complex and give dimensions to all its buildings. The tapestry is said to have been restored with help from foreign experts.