The courtrooms of the Tis Hazari Complex may finally have air-conditioners and air-coolers, and a congenial atmosphere to carry out judicial work.
Two days after Hindustan Times highlighted the deplorable condition of the courtrooms at the complex, the district judge has issued a circular to all the judges posted at the complex to point out infrastructural deficiencies in their respective courtrooms.
According to the circular issued by District Judge G.P. Mittal, this was “in order to ensure that in every court room/branch, there is a congenial atmosphere to work”.
The judges have been required to furnish details of air-conditioners, air-coolers in their respective courtrooms, so that necessary provisions for the same may be made by the Building and Maintenance Committee.
According to a source, the district judge held a meeting with all the metropolitan magistrates to address their concerns.
The judges were told to provide the information by July 30, 2009.
The story was published in HT on July 27, 2009, and the circular was issued on July 29 2009.
A metropolitan magistrate at Tis Hazari, on the condition of anonymity, said, “For first time in my career, a circular has been issued to know if any air-conditioner or air-cooler is installed in our courtrooms.”
A senior civil judge at Tis Hazari said, “It is high time to do something about Tis Hazari infrastructure. By 2010, all the court complexes except
Tis Hazari would have all the facilities.”
Reacting on the condition of Tis Hazari Court Complex, K.C.Mittal, president of the High Court Bar Association, said: “From courtrooms to toilets, everything is in a mess.”
More than 50,000 litigants visit the court complex everyday.
“Water inside the court complex is unfit for drinking. There is no seating arrangement for litigants,” said Ved Prakash Sharma, chairman, Delhi Bar Council.