Five-acre land reserved for future expansion of HC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Apr 2018 10:44:02


Staff Reporter,

A piece of land of five acres near Telangkhedi has been reserved for the future expansion of High Court. With litigation on the rise, number of lawyers and judges is all set to increase and the High Court has directed to reserve this additional land belonging to State Government for creation of judicial infrastructure.

The High Court on March 27 had directed the District Collector to identify a plot in the vicinity of existing court buildings for future expansion. Accordingly the district administration placed on record details of a Government owned land admeasuring 28245.62 sq mt in Survey No. 5/1, 5/4 and 6/2.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Murlidhar Giratkar while placing the communication on record, directed that the said piece of land be kept reserved for future expansion of Court building etc. The High Court further directed the authorities to take necessary steps so that the said piece of land is protected from any private encroachment.

The High Court administration has already taken out possession of the part of Chief Engineer bungalow situated right in front of Eastern exit gate of existing HC building for constructing additional chambers to accommodate lawyers and litigants. The land is part of PWD Chief Engineer’s sprawling bungalow spread over in six acres. The High Court Bar Association had repeatedly demanded this land for construction of Bar rooms to accommodate more number of lawyers and litigants looking at the increased number of judges, litigations and flow of people and lawyers. Subsequently, the High Court directed the State to allot this land to High Court where additional chamber for lawyers, litigants and registry could be constructed.

The existing bar rooms on North Wing annex building of High Court were created in similar fashion and they were allotted to HCBA by High Court administration. However, during last one decade, it is noticed that existing chambers are inadequate for lawyers and there is virtually no space for litigants.

The High Court on March 23, 2017 had constituted a committee consisting of Registrar (Administration) of Nagpur bench, HCBA President, PWD Executive Engineer Division No 1, PWD Executive Engineer (Electrical) to prepare plans for construction of the building on two acre land of this plot. In its latest order, the High Court has directed the Committee to submit the plans for the construction of annex building through proper channel to the High Court on Administrative Side for its approval by April 15.
Adv Sudhir Puranik appeared for the HCBA while Addl Government Pleader Dipak Thakre represented State.