Chief Minister Kalikho Pul discussed issues pertaining to construction of permanent High Court Complex in the state capital and development of Judiciary System in the state in a meeting with Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court at his residence on Friday evening.
Chief Minister said that handing over of land for construction of permanent HC Complex in the state capital is in process. The state govt has instructed the Department of PWD to hand over entire complex of State Guest House, Naharlagun along with all existing structures to the Law & Judicial Department on as-is-where-is basis at the earliest.
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.
He also informed that to further strengthen the judiciary system, the state govt is going to create 9 additional posts of Judicial Officers along with 99 posts of subordinate staffs at Subordinate judiciary as submitted by the State Empowered Committee. This posts include 1 Additional District & Session Judge at Khonsa, 1 Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge (Sr. Div.) at Daporijo and 7 Judicial Magistrate First Class-cum-Civil Judge (Jr. Div.) at Koloriang, Longding, Namsai, Pangin, Hawai, Anini and Jamin.
The Chief Minister further said 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 Papumpare, 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.
While 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.
Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, Justice Ajit Singh while agreeing to give full cooperation for development of judiciary system in the state said that he will write to the Central govt for funding of the Construction of Permanent High Court Complex in the state capital.
Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, Power Minister, Tapuk Taku, Parliamentary Secretary for Power, Satya Gopal, Principal Secretary (Finance) and incharge chief Secretary and Dani Salu, Secretary (Protocol) were also present in the meeting.
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.