Lawyer chambers issue: HC summons top forest, architecture dept officials

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2015 12:46 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday summoned the chief conservator of forests, Chandigarh and chief architect on the issue of allotment of space for construction of lawyers’ chambers at the Punjab and Haryana high court.

The order came after the Punjab and Haryana high court’s Bar Association filed PIL, wherein it sought direction to the authorities to provide land for construction of lawyers’ chambers. During the hearing, it was suggested that a portion of land adjacent to high court multi-storey car parking was lying vacant was most suitable for the chambers. However, UT informed HC that the land portion fell under the catchment area of Sukhna Lake and construction could not be allowed.

Following this, the HC asked the chief conservator of forests and chief architect to be present during the hearing to appraise the court about the proposal in question. HC had earlier directed both Punjab and Haryana as well as Chandigarh to make land available for the construction of lawyers’ chambers.

UT had earlier told the HC that an area measuring 30,000 square feet had been ear-marked for construction of chambers and rooms for the lawyers but, was later transferred for the construction of additional court rooms.

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