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HP Courts Amendment Bill referred to Select Committee

Written by: Staff

Shimla, Aug 25 (UNI) The Himachal Pradesh Assembly today referred the HP Court (Second Amendment) Bill, 2006 to the Select Committee after members cutting across party lines objected to it being passed in the present form.

Speaking on the issue in the House after ruling and opposition members opposed the passing of the Bill in the present form, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said for continued ''good relations'' with the courts, the Bill should be passed as per their notification.

The Bill provides for referring an appeal from decree or order of a subordinate court to the district court where the value of the original suit in which the decree or order did not exceed Rs two lakh instead of the High Court.

He said even though the courts were interfering with the day-to- day functioning of the administration, it would not be proper to ignore the Court's notification.

Though the state government had suffered the most due to the intervention of the courts, keeping in view the situation the bill should be passed in the present session, he said.

He said the day-to-day functioning of the government was being affected due the courts intervention and several administrative issues were delayed for months together.

Citing the cases of JBT teachers, female and male health workers, Pharamcists and other appointments, he said the recruitment process was being delayed due to their intervention.

The Chief Minister said roles and functions of the legislature, executive and the judiciary were clearly marked and one should not interfere with the functioning of the other and added that he was not for confrontation between the judiciary and the legislature.

Intervening in the debate, leader of the opposition in the House P K Dhumal said people would question them for fretting away their right to appeal to the High Court and the Bill in the present form should not be passed following which the Speaker referred it to the Select Committee of the House.


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