Sheila lauds judiciary

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New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) Appreciating the role of judiciary, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that with multiplicity of authorities in the capital, the courts have always come to the rescue of their government.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Dwarka Court complex, she said there was a strong resistance against the bifurcation of courts and three years ago, when the Rohini court was innaugurated not many people were happy about it, which is not so today.

Ms Dikshit annouced that the Saket court will also be functional soon.

She suggested to the legal luminaries to modernise the existing Patiala House Complex, especially the parking area and assured all help to modernise the Patiala House courts.

Chief Justice (CJI) K G Balakrishnan, who innaugurated the Dwarka Court Complex today, also appreciated the role of the Sheila Dikshit government for spending more than 1 per cent of its yearly budget for the legal set up.

Justice Balakrishnan said, ''We as the judicial heads, judges and all-others in the set up should make use of the facilities provided by the state government and give it back to the society. Whatever public money is utilised should be delivered to the public by efficient and quick justice delievery system.'' The CJI said, ''We are short of qualified manpower to back the sub ordinate judiciary, since many do not qualify the exams. We could get only 40 judges, whereas there is a vacancy for 350 sub ordinate judges last year.'' The Delhi High Court judges, Supreme Court judges, Chief Metropolitan Magistrates (CMM) of the four district courts, officials of the bar associations of all the four district courts and High Courts were present on the occasion.

Senior Lawyer Fali Nariman, additional solicitor general P P Malhotra and others were also present at the inauguration of the Dwarka court complex.

B S Rana, chairman of the Delhi Bar Council, said the elections of the Dwarka bar association will be held shortly, meanwhile the Patiala House Bar Association will manage the affairs of the Dwarka Court Complex.

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