The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) on Monday asked the chief conservator of forests, Chandigarh, to come up with details pertaining to land near the court complex being considered for constructing chambers for its advocates.
During the hearing, the UT administration told the HC bench that the area being suggested for the construction of the chambers fell under the reserve forest area category, prompting the court to question how a tourist information centre had been allowed to be made around the same venue.
The court directed the chief conservator of forests, who was present in the court, to bring the notification of reserve forest area pertaining to the proposed site along with other minute revenue details of the area.
The hearing would continue on Tuesday as well.
The HC order came on a petition of Punjab and Haryana high court's Bar Association that sought directions to the authorities to provide land for construction of lawyers' chambers.
The UT administration had earlier told the HC that an area measuring 30,000 square feet was earmarked for construction of chambers and Bar rooms for the lawyers but was later transferred for the construction of additional court rooms.
The Bar had contended that there were more than 10, 000 lawyers practicing at the court, but there were only 85 chambers.