Taking up a petition filed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association seeking directions to the authorities concerned to provide land near to the high court for construction of lawyers' chambers, the HC on Tuesday issued notices of motion to the Chandigarh administration.
The association had also sought directions to the Punjab as well as Haryana governments for providing around 10 acres each for the purpose of formulating a house building scheme for the advocates belonging to both states and enrolled on the roll of high court bar association, on which the HC issued notices to the Punjab and Haryana governments.
The association submitted that in Punjab the land could preferably be provided in Mullanpur Garibdass (New Chandigarh) in SAS Nagar district and in Haryana it could be provided near Amrawati Enclave, Saketri or Panchkula.
The court was informed that there were 8,507 advocates enrolled on the roll of association whereas the number of chambers constructed and allotted to some of the advocates were only 131, which were totally insufficient. It was informed that there was sufficient land of the UT forest department lying vacant adjacent to the high court premises but due to the land falling under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, there were certain restrictions for using it for non-forest purposes.
The court was informed that most of the advocates, especially new entrants, were not having their own residential accommodation in Chandigarh and were facing hardship in maintaining their legal profession because of having their residential locations scattered as far as 30-40 km away from the high court. Hence, there was a requirement of land in the vicinity of the city so that they could have their houses/flats constructed on the same.