STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan on Tuesday directed traffic police to strictly ensure that all roads leading to the court as well as the circulation areas within the court are kept free from any obstruction, permanent or temporary, which would include unauthorised and illegal parking by any person or authority. This significant direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Sumit Nayyar regarding security of High Court as well as District Court Jammu. After hearing Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Sumit Nayyar, the DB observed that perusal of consolidated status report dated January 28, 2019 clearly indicates that one of the main difficulties being faced is the unauthorized parking of vehicles on the road leading to the High Court as well as within the Court premises. “The documents on record divulged that there is complete obstruction of emergency vehicles including fire tenders, police vehicles and ambulances besides vehicles of lawyers, litigants, court officials and other visitors to the court complex. Such impediments cannot be permitted to stand. The same are also in the teeth of the specific directions made in the present writ petition from time to time and also in violation of the legal provisions”, DB observed. Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi informed the court that so far as the road leading from the main Janipur road to the High Court is concerned, the same has been declared as a no parking zone by the Traffic Police pursuant to the directions of Court. He, therefore, submitted that there is no reason at all as to why any parking should be permitted on that road. “Any parking of vehicles by any litigants, lawyers, court officials or any other person in circulation areas within Court Complexes is clearly unauthorized and the same cannot be permitted”, the court observed. B S Salathia, Senior Advocate and President of the Bar Association, D C Raina, Advocate General as well as Z.A Shah, Senior Advocate, K S Johal, Senior Advocate, A.V Gupta, Senior Advocate, H.A Siddiqui, Senior AAG were also present. They supported the submission that no illegality by any person cannot be permitted or countenanced.
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