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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

State to set up special courts for NRIs, women

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, February 25, 2013
First Published: 21:42 IST(25/2/2013) | Last Updated: 21:43 IST(25/2/2013)

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir said that with the view to deliver speedy justice to women and non resident Indians (NRIs), the Punjab government would set-up 'special courts'. Dispensation of justice would also be expedited through a day-to-day hearing in cases of crime against women, and in the cases pertaining to NRIs. 

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Sukhbir said that the state would also get new and modern judicial complexes in the coming years and the process to procure land had been initiated. He was speaking while inaugurating the lawyers' complex here at the district court. He said that Rs70 crore would be spent for the purpose. 

He said soon these courts would become functional as the issue had been under consideration and the process was on the verge of completion.

He said the government would also ensure basic amenities at the local and district courts.  Sukhbir said the state had spent Rs120 crore on the construction and upgradation of district and local courts.  

On the issue of pending cases pertaining to NRIs, Sukhbir said the special courts would hear cases daily. He said the state-of-the-art building would provide a suitable environment to the lawyers. He informed that the government had given a financial assistance of Rs. 1 crore for the complex, while the district bar association had contributed Rs10 lakh for the modern library in the complex.

Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana high court also advocated providing basic amenities to the public at the judicial complexes. Justice Ranjit Singh of the high court informed that the sessions court of Fatehgarh Sahib would be established as a model court complex, equipped with all modern facilities.

District and session judge Kuldip Singh extended the vote of thanks.  

Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna announced a grant of Rs10 lakh to the bar association. Speaker of Punjab assembly Charanjit Singh Atwal, NRI affairs and revenue minister, Bikram Singh Majitha, general secretary Shiromani Akali Dal Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra were also present of the occasion, besides DIG MF Farooqui, deputy commissioner Yashvir Mahajan and SSP  Hardyal Singh Mann.

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