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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Gurdaspur, August 24, 2013
Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Saturday inaugurated the four-floor new judicial complex here. The project has cost Rs. 43.50 crore. "This is a temple of justice. The judges working in it should maintain its piety," said chief justice Kaul. He hoped that the new building would be a congenial atmosphere for the judges and lawyers to work.

'More cases because people more aware'

"As the Ravi and Beas rivers flow in the district, the river of justice should flow in its courts," said the CJ, adding that the number of cases had multiplied because people now were more aware of their rights. He, however, appealed people to avoid frivolous litigation, as it wasted the court's time and energy.

He called for settling matters in the shortest possible time. Commenting on the working of the judges, he said the opinions in the judgments could vary from court to court but honesty and truth should be at the bottom of each verdict. In order to clear the huge backlog of pending cases, he suggested the way out of daily hearings and holding lawyers responsible in the event of delay.

'Mediation centres useful idea'

The CJ advised the lawyers to come well prepared to court to avoid seeking postponement of the proceedings. The mediation centres, he said, could be very useful in solving the disputes in quick time. He assured the district bar association of a matching grant of Rs. 1 crore for building the lawyers' chambers in Gurdaspur.

Addressing the gathering, high court building committee chairman justice TPS Mann said the new judicial complex had 19 courtrooms, two alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centres and a mediation centre, besides offices and accommodation for judges.

Justice Jasbir Singh of the high court Judge, who is in charge of the Gurdaspur district sessions division; district and sessions judge SK Garg; deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha; and district bar association president Ashok Tiwari also addressed the gathering. Justices Rajiv Bhalla, Rakesh Kumar Garg, Rakesh Kumar Jain, Ajay Tiwari, Paramjit Singh, Amol Rattan Singh, Dr Bharat Bhushan Parsoon, Jaspal Singh and MS Chouhan of the high court, besides local judges and lawyers, were present.