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JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Justice Tashi Rabstan and Justice Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday granted three weeks time to file compliance report regarding earlier directions of the court in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Sumit Nayyar regarding security of High Court Jammu Division as well as District Court Jammu.
It was submitted that a proposal by the PWD, which included an amount of Rs. 627.38 lakh, envisaged for purposes of construction of boundary walls, installation of CCTV cameras, raising of the construction of 20 guard rooms at the backside of the Judicial Academy etc appears to have been sent as early as in March, 2018. Out of the funds proposed an amount of only Rs. 1 crore has been sanctioned, which has already been incurred on the construction/raising of the boundary wall. The matter appears to have been pending consideration with the Planning Department. Division Bench directed Principal Secretary, Planning Department to formally consider the grant for approval of the balance amount, based upon the recommendations/proposal of the PWD. Let the needful be done within a period of two weeks, it observed.
In addition to this, a specific proposal for the installation of CCTV cameras in the District Court Complex, Jammu has been prepared. This proposal is also pending with the Planning Department.
DB directed Principal Secretary, Planning Department shall take an appropriate decision and consider a formal approval, so that funds can be released by the Finance Department at the earliest. Let the needful be done within a period of two weeks.
DB also directed Principal Secretary, Planning Department shall furnish a compliance report with regard to the implementation of these directions by the next date of hearing.
With regard to the installation of Baggage X-ray Machines, it is stated that the machines have been procured. A letter has been addressed to the Registrar General for allocation of suitable space, where the same can be installed. Upon this, DB directed that the Registrar General in consultation with the Principal District Judge, Jammu and the Officer Incharge of Security of the Court Premises shall take a decision with regard to the space that would be allocated for that purpose. With regard to the installation of a Fire Safety equipment, it is stated that there is a system in place, which is insufficient or non-functional. A proposal in this regard appears to have been pending with the Registrar General of the High Court for approval. DB directed Registrar General to consider the accord the requisite approval in this regard within a period of one week.
Raman Sharma, Deputy Advocate General submitted that in pursuance of the order dated June 5, 2018, the Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) City, Jammu has filed a compliance report in respect of regulating the parking of the vehicles in the parking areas as also the unauthorised parking of vehicles in the no-parking zones, which have been identified on a stretch of road, leading from the District Court Complex to the High Court. Upon this, Division Bench directed that a copy of the aforesaid report is also furnished to the petitioner, who shall file response to it, if any.
In this PIL, Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Veenu Gupta appeared on behalf of Summit Nayyar petitioner in the PIL.
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