Three special courts of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), dealing with cases of Punjab, will now be shifted to SAS Nagar from Patiala district. Two such courts are of additional district and sessions judge level and the third is of magistrate level. These conduct trial of cases investigated by CBI pertaining to Punjab and will now function out of the district court complex in Sector-76, from where SAS Nagar district courts are functioning.
A senior Punjab and Haryana high court official said a decision had been taken on the administrative side to shift the courts. “It could be shifted anytime now, most likely in May. However, dates for shifting are not final as of now,” the official said. The official said, the move would help the CBI in pursuing its cases more efficiently and vigorously.
“Most CBI offices are in the tricity. For every hearing, officials have to drive down to Patiala. The matter was under consideration for long,” the official said, adding that a decision was kept pending, since there were issues with regard to space.
Since the formation of SAS Nagar district in 2006, SAS Nagar were under the jurisdiction of district and sessions division, Ropar. The courts were shifted from a Community Centre in Phase-1 to the Sector-76 complex in 2015. A District and sessions judge was appointed for SAS Nagar in April 2016.
Though there was no confirmation, officials said that since these courts are designated as trial courts for cases registered by enforcement directorate as well, upon shifting, the same could be designated as ED trial courts as well. Presently, ED has two designated trial courts in Patiala and Jalandhar.