THE Bombay High Court (HC) administration will inform the state government about the requirement of land for courts in the state. Besides, the HC has directed the government to remove encroachments from land earmarked for courts, or reserve the same area in its current Development Plan.
This, said Justice A S Oka and V L Achliya, will bring down the burden on the exchequer, as the government will not have to acquire land whenever a need arises.
The state will tell the court through an affidavit, by November 24, what steps it proposes for removing such encroachments.
A batch of Public Interest Litigations had raised issues and pointed out dearth of basic facilities in courts across the state. Related issues like paucity of land for courts had come to fore during discussions.
The government is in the process of fixing other issues such watercoolers and purifiers. It will also decide on round-the-clock security at all courts. Besides, all the courts should set up fire safety mechanism in a phase-wise manner. The government needs to submit an affidavit on the issue in a month’s time. “As the public works department is aware of all the details of existing court buildings, it is not necessary for the court administration to submit specific proposals to request the government to carry out fire safety audit at all court buildings,” the HC had said on the last occasion. In addition, the court directed the government to translate all Acts and Rules into Marathi and post them online by June 30, 2016. Some Acts are in English and have been amended. They have to be revised online, the court said. The next hearing is on December 2.