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Delivering justice from home

Waiting for its own court complex, Shahpur taluka court functions from ground floor of old residential building, reports Vignesh Iyer.

mumbai Updated: Sep 24, 2009 02:10 IST
Vignesh Iyer

For the past 40 years, the Shahpur taluka court has been paying rent to a residential building for hiring the ground floor, which function as the court premises.

The residential building has tenants staying on the first floor, even as the court operates from three small rooms on the ground floor.

Like other proposals to build a dedicated court complex, a piece of land has been allotted to the Shahpur taluka, but it remains untouched. Meanwhile, the litigants suffer.

“This court just has three rooms, the court hall (including the magistrate’s chamber), the bar room and the court office,” said Advocate Arun Dongre secretary of Shahpur taluka court bar association.

“The court hall is so congested that litigants have to stand outside in the open space waiting for their case to be called out,” added Dongre.

Even the condition of the bar room is pitiable with 40 members of the taluka bar association sitting in the small room.

Dongre said that plans for the proposed building include a spacious court hall, bar room, office and the magistrate’s quarters.

“The magistrate of this court stays in a rented house nearby,” said Dongre.

Another lawyer requesting anonymity said the existing court is located on an uphill path, which makes access difficult for senior citizens and sick persons.

Dongre said that he does not have any idea about the developments taking places about the construction of the proposed court complex.

“I have not even seen any papers relating to the construction and I do not know what is the status,” said Dongre.

When contacted. PIO of the Thane District and sessions court, said that the proposal was sent to high court and the high court had forwarded it to the state government.