The state government handed over the Wadgaon court building to the judiciary after a court ordered it to do so on October 15. It was recently handed over to the court without any furniture.
The division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar on Monday directed the government to provide furniture in the court building at Wadgaon in Pune by December 18.
Additional government pleader K.R. Belosay said the government had agreed to provide only the building and so it was handed over the high court administration department without any furniture and basic amenities. “What about the announcement made by the government that all judicial projects will include furniture too?” said the chief justice.
State Law Minister Radhakrishna Vikhhe Patil had said that all judicial projects such as court buildings would include furniture and basic amenities. The court building at Wadgaon and Amravati were handed over to the high court in a dramatic manner after the court, in the first session on October 15 summoned the secretaries of the planning, finance and revenue department at 3 pm. Within minutes, Rs 7.82 crore was sanctioned for repairs and construction of courts.
Hindustan Times carried a five-part series starting September 21 highlighting the insufficient infrastructure and non-implementation of plans leading to high pendency of cases in Maharashtra.