Lawyers claim building not ready
Shifting to the new District Court Complex in Sector 43 has been delayed once again. The latest deadline to shift from the existing Court Complex in Sector 17 was set for September 30,but it seems the shift is likely to take another two months. The shift has been delayed after the District Bar Association of UT District Courts requested Punjab and Haryana High Court to extend the deadline to December.
Demanding new furniture for the new court complex and citing incomplete construction of lawyers’ chambers and the parking lot,the lawyers made a representation before the building committee last week (comprising of high court Judges and officials of Chandigarh Administration) that the new building complex was not fully functional and ready for shifting.
Advocate N K Nanda,president of the District Bar Association (DBA) said: I have requested for extension of deadline till December. The request was later tabled before the building committee. The Bar has demanded that till the time the new court complex is made fully functional,the lawyers should be allowed to operate from the existing court complex.
Nanda added that the Bar had also made a demand for new furniture. The existing furniture is dilapidated. We have made request for new furniture which shall be provided by the Chandigarh Administration.
The court building in the new Judicial Complex was completed over 15 months ago but the shifting was delayed thanks to the blame game between UT and DBA. There was also a conflict among lawyers over the financing of their chambers and relocation to the new complex.
Completion of the complex faced several impediments including the refusal of the Centre to sanction Rs 4 crore (out of the total budget of Rs 18.60 crore). The funds were finally released after several rounds of litigation.
Foundation stone of the court complex was laid in January 2007. As per the plan,the new four-storey complex would have 30 court rooms,almost twice what the present district court complex in Sector 17 has. The new complex will also have sufficient parking places and like the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the new complex will also have a block for advocates chambers.
During the resumed hearing of a PIL demanding video conferencing facility between the court complex and the jail,the Administration assured that the facility will be made available 15 days after the new court complex is made operational.