Source: News Bharati English01 May 2016 16:15:01

Itanagar, May 1: Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul emphasized for establishment of a permanent High Court in the state capital. While discussing with the Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, Ajit Singh on issues pertaining to construction of permanent High Court Complex, Pul informed that handing over of land for construction of permanent High Court Complex is in process and development of Judiciary in the state is a must.Chief Minister Pul added that the state govt has instructed the PWD to hand over the entire State Guest House complex at Naharlagun along with all existing structures to the Law & Judicial Department on as-is-where-is basis at the earliest, news agency the Arunachal Times reported.

Chief Justice was accompanied by Justice Suman Shyam, Judge, H K Sharma, Registrar General, Raktim Duarah, Registrar cum Principal Secretary to Chief Justice, P B Dutta, Joint Registrar, Itanagar Bench and R N Burman, Deputy Registrar. Power Minister, Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretary for Power, Tapuk Taku, Chief Secretary incharge and Principal Secretary (Finance), Satya Gopal and Secretary (Protocal), Dani Salu were also present in the meeting.

Given the fund constraints, the state govt. is exploring possibility of getting financial assistance from the Planning Commission or the DoNER Ministry for setting up of permanent High Court Complex and the state govt has approached the Niti Ayog for approving the same. He asked the Chief Secretary incharge to submit the Detail Project Report (DPR) for construction of permanent High Court Complex immediately.

While agreeing to give full cooperation for development of judiciary system in the state, Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, Justice Ajit Singh said that he will write to the Central govt for funding of the construction of Permanent High Court Complex in the state capital. Justice Singh further said that the state govt has the liberty to go on with its policy on rational transfer and posting of govt officers in public interest saying that court will not interfere in the matter of transfer and posting of govt officers and officials done in public interest.

Further updating on the judicial initiatives of the state government, CM Pul added that to facilitate justice on women and gender equity, Gazette Notification pertaining to Gender Sensitization and Sexual Harassment of Women has already been published in the state gazetteer and Local Complaints Committees have been constituted in 10 out of the 21 districts of the state, while in others, it is in process.

He also informed that to further strengthen the judiciary system, the state govt is going to create nine additional posts of Judicial Officers along with 99 posts of subordinate staffs at Subordinate judiciary as submitted by the State Empowered Committee. Recruitment process for the newly created posts of Judicial Officer, Grade – I as Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority and Registrar, Guwahati High Court, Itanagar Bench has already been initiated by the High Court.

State govt is accommodating former Additional District & Sessions Judges in Grade-I of Arunachal Pradesh Judicial Services and advertisement in this regard has been made, said the Chief Minister which is as per the Guwahati High Court judgment on 19.01.2016 passed in Writ Petition No. 776/2013.

The Chief Minister further informed that at present there is one Observation Home at Pasighat in East Siang District, with a capacity of 28 persons ( 20 boys and 8 girls). He informed that proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt of India for construction of Observation Homes in 9 more districts, out of which 6 have been sanctioned for Papum Pare, Changlang, East Kameng, Lower Subansiri, West Siang and Anjaw.

The state govt is working on draft Civil Courts Bill received from the Guwahati High Court Registry. It is being revised and modified to include the customary courts as one of the civil nature, especially in the villages where customary courts play a pivotal role in the disposal of cases. Views from the Advocate General, Additional Advocate General, Deputy Commissioners, Additional Deputy Commissioners and the apex bodies of all communities have been sought in this regard. The suggestions from them will be synthesized and incorporated in the Bill before placing it in the Assembly, Pul said.

Responding to the proposals submitted for appointment of Prosecutors and creation of various posts for speedy disposal of cases, Chief Minister said that it is under examination and committed public prosecutor will be appointed soon to hear the cases for early disposal. He also said to release the arrear grants for NEJOTI soon.