Delhi HC to have 8 new judges soon

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New Delhi, Mar 19 (UNI) The Delhi High Court will soon have eight new judges, Chief Justice M K Sharma told the lawyers here today.

Speaking at a function here, the Chief Justice said 60 more judges will be appointed in the four district courts of Delhi shortly.

The occasion was the launch of ''group personal accident insurance policy'' for the lawyers by Law Minister H R Bhardwaj at the Delhi High Court lawns, orgnanised by the Delhi High Court Bar Association.

The Law Minister introduced the insurance scheme wherein about 5801 lawyers will be covered by the ''group Personal insurance policy'' for a sum of Rs 2 lakh each.

Chief Minister Sheila Dishit, who was present at the function, said her government would provide all infrastructure to increase the strength of the District as well as High Court judges. The new appointed judges will be provided with accomodation and office facilities.

The newly built law college at Dwarka will be given the status of ''Deemed university'' and will be under the direct supervision of Delhi High Court, Mr Bhardwaj said.

He assured that the strength of judges in Delhi High Court would be increased and eight more judges will be appointed soon taking the strength of judges to 44. Recently, two judges were appointed increasing their strength to 36 as against the sanctioned 48.

High Court Bar association President K C Mittal said there was an urgent need for having an insurance cover for the lawyers. The premium amount of the insurance has been contributed by the Bar Council of Delhi. This policy will provide a sum of Rs 2 lakh in case of demise of a lawyer in an accident and Rs one lakh in case of partial disability. It will also provide financial assistance to a member if he is confined to bed and is unable to attend court. One time token amount for education of his one or two children will be paid to such lawyers he added.

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