Upset over inadequate security arrangements in the Delhi High Court,despite the May 25 scare when a low-intensity explosion took place outside the High Court,Chief Justice of India (CJI) S H Kapadia on Wednesday asked the Delhi High Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra to pass orders on the judicial side,if need be,to get the security infrastructure installed in the next few days.
Wednesdays attack,he is learnt to have observed,was not just an attack on a single court but an attack on the institution of judiciary.
During his meeting with senior Judges and office-bearers of the Delhi High Court Bar Association the CJI also held a separate meeting with the High Court Chief Justice Justice Kapadia expressed concern over the failure of the Delhi PWD to install CCTVs in the HC premises despite repeated assurances.
When the Delhi High Court Bar Association informed him that the PWD had been unable to finalise the tender process despite three attempts,an angry CJI is learnt to have said that the High Court should pass an order to this effect on the judicial side. He is learnt to have asked the High Court to ensure that it adopted the security system,including the proposed full body scanners,being put in place in the apex court.
The Delhi High Court Bar Association is also likely to move an urgent application in the High Court on Thursday in a petition pending for the last over one year about security and other infrastructure,seeking immediate steps to install CCTVs and other security gadgets in the High Court.
Bar Association secretary D K Sharma told The Indian Express,The CJI was very concerned. Will are going to file an application tomorrow and seek that it be heard tomorrow itself.
Sources present at the meeting also said Additional Solicitor General A S Chandiok,who is also president of Delhi HC Bar Assoociation,also assured the CJI that the Central Government would sanction whatever funds were required to meet infrastructure requirements in the High Court.
Meanwhile,the High Court Bar has decided to ask litigants,whose presence is not required in court,not to visit the High Court in the next few days.