Talwara, Hoshiarpur, Oct 2 (UNI) Justice moved a step closer to the people of Punjab with the inaguration of the first mobile court on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at this remote township bordering the hill state of Himachal Pradesh.
The court, held in a air conditioned bus, was inagurated by Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today with the message 'Adalat Aapke Dwar'. Justice K S Grewal, Chairman, Mobile Courts Committee of the High Court was also present on the occasion along with senior judicial, civil and police officials of the state and of Hoshiarpur district.
This will be second court of its kind in the country. The first such mobile court was inagurated on August 4 at Punhana in Mewat district of Haryana by the Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan.
The concept of mobile courts aims at taking justice closer to the people so that those living in remote areas are able to benefit without incurring expenditure on travelling.
It would help those who are unable to travel long distance from their homes, but have high hopes from the judicial system. Therefore, the objective of this concept is, 'reaching the unreached', Justice Jain said while addressing the peopel of the area after the inaguration ceremony.
The decision to introduce the mobile court in this township was taken because of its location, comparative isolation and backwardness, the Chief Justice said while urging the public to avail of its services.
Mr Badal in his speech urged the people to avail of the services of this court. He said that the state government in consultation with the High Court would establish more such courts in the remote parts of the state.
The mobile court shall take up cases at four centres namely, Jandwal, Talwara, Hajipur and Kamahi Devi. The court shall be held at the these centres on Mondays Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by rotation beginning from Jandwal village.
Later, after the ianguration ceremony the mobile court moved to Jandwal village and conducted hearings in both civil and criminal cases. On October 11 the court would be held at Hajipur, October 19 at Talwara and October 30 at Kamahi Devi.