‘Use Information-Technology to expedite dispensation of justice’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Dec 2016 10:21:29

Staff Reporter,

Promising a much better and Information-Technology enabled physical infrastructure to judiciary in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday urged all stakeholders to expedite the process to dispense the justice and reduce the cost of litigation. The State Government is committed to improve court buildings and make them litigant-friendly by maximising use of latest technology, he assured while asking State Public Works Department to construct Nyay Mandir annexe building speedily without compromising with quality and facilities.

During last two years, the Government has allocated a sum of Rs 1,100 crore for court buildings, residential complexes for judicial officers, ample land for district court buildings, new building for Bombay High Court at Mumbai, additional land for lawyers chamber at Nagpur bench, Fadnavis informed. He urged the legal fraternity to effectively use I-T to improve the speed of justice dispensation and bring down the cost while keeping in mind goal of reducing alarming pendency of cases.

Fadnavis was speaking after bhoomipujan ceremony of new Nyay Mandir annexe building coming up behind existing Nyay Mandir by removing old treasury bar barracks and family court building. Union Minister for Road, Transport, National Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari was the chief guest. Senior Administrative Judge of Nagpur bench Justice Bhushan Gavai performed bhoomipujan. Advocate General Rohit Deo, Justice Atul Chandurkar, Principal District and Sessions Judge Pushpa Ganediwala, DBA President Prakash Jaiswal, District Government Pleader Nitin Telgote, Adv Uday Dable, District Judge K G Rathi were seated on the dais.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari proudly stated that in his constituency such a wonderful court building is coming up and thanked the Chief Minister for granting approval to Nyay Mandir annexe to accommodate more courts, lawyers and litigants. Expressing deep concern over pendency of cases in various courts, he urged the legal fraternity to prepare a time-bound programme to transparently reduce the pendency using information technology and tools available due to digital revolution.
Recalling the rich heritage of Nagpur’s legal fraternity, Gadkari urged the lawyers to maintain the high standards set by likes of Justice Mohd Hidayatullah. He also promised to resolve the parking problems faced by members of the DBA.

Justice Bhushan Gavai described the year 2016 as a milestone for legal fraternity in Vidarbha and pointed out that establishment of National Law University, annexe building for Nyay Mandir, additional space for Nagpur bench and construction of new buildings for other courts could be achieved. He thanked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for taking keen interest in providing more facilities to judiciary. A joint panel of lawyers, judicial officers and PWD authorities will supervise construction of Nyay Mandir annexe, he informed the gathering.

The function was attended by sitting judges of Nagpur bench, judicial officers and DBA members. A four-minute special capsule prepared by Adv Ira Khisti on old and new building was widely appreciated. Newly appointed Advocate General Rohit Deo was also felicitated on this occasion at the hands of Justice Gavai.

DBA President Prakash Jaiswal made introductory remarks while PDJ Pushpa Ganediwala welcomed the guests and briefed about new building. Adv Uday Dable conducted the proceedings while DBA Secretary Nitin Telgote proposed a vote of thanks.