Additional chambers plan for HC lawyers faces fresh roadblock

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 16, 2015 08:43 IST

The UT administration has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that it will be inappropriate to convert the green spaces of the city into construction zones.

The UT's submissions were made during a petition of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association for construction of more chambers facing museum at the complex.

In its affidavit before the division bench comprising justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu, the UT stated that the directions of the high court to consider the modification in the Master Plan-2031 had been discussed at the highest level and after the meeting, it was decided by the UT administrator to notify the master plan. It will be inappropriate to convert the green spaces of the city into construction zones, UT has stated.

It also came to light during the hearing that former chief justice of Allahabad high court, SS Sodhi, had written to the Punjab and Haryana high court opposing the proposal of construction of lawyers' chambers in the green belt area.

It was told that the former chief justice had stated that if the master plan was allowed to be changed in this manner, it would lead to unfortunate consequences for the planning of the city, which was pride of the country. The former chief justice has also underlined that lawyers did not have right to get chambers and had cited some judgments in this regard.

The high court while further posting the matter for hearing on May 28 has issued notice to all the parties on letter written by former chief justice.

The UT has also told the court that for the better functioning of lawyers, changes in the holistic redevelopment plan of the high court was possible for which a space of about 3 lakh square feet additional floor space had been earmarked.

The projected requirement of additional space for lawyers is around 30, 000 square feet which is around 10% of the total area under redevelopment plan. The matter has been posted for further hearing on May 28.

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