Hooda raises demand of separate High Court for Haryana

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Chandigarh, Apr 19 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today drew the attention of Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, towards the demand for a separate High Court as a Constitutional right of the state.

Speaking at a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts, presided by Dr Manmohan Singh at New Delhi, he urged the Central Government to make video conferencing of undertrials operational and legal in the eyes of law and take early decision to set up Fast Track Magisterial Courts.

Mr Hooda also urged the Central Government for early clearance of setting up of a state of the art forensic laboratory in Sunaria, Rohtak, strengthening of the cadre of judicial officers and enhancement in the budget allocation under Centrally sponsored scheme for construction of judicial infrastructure.

He urged the Central Government to look into the aspect of introduction of shift system in courts to ensure speedy justice to one and all. There is presently some hesitation to introduce this in view of practical difficulties.

Mr Hooda pointed out that even states created much after Haryana like Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand have their own High Courts. Haryana could easily get its High Court by bifurcating the existing premises, staff and judges between Punjab and Haryana in the ratio of 60:40.

He said that the civil secretariat and the legislative building were already being shared by both Punjab and Haryana in the same ratio with each having their own entities.

With the establishment of a separate High Court for Haryana, not only will the aspirations of the people of Haryana be met, but also the judicial system in the state would be further strengthened, he said.

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