Sessions court complex inundates after rain; lawyers protest

  • Harpreet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2014 22:50 IST

A few hours of rain on Monday created a flood-like situation at the sessions court complex here, causing a huge inconvenience to both the staff and litigants.
Even as the public works department (PWD) executed the water harvesting work by a few months ago, water accumulated in the complex.

While the judicial officers were dropped by their vehicles close to their chambers, lawyers and litigants had to wade through knee-deep water and slush to reach the courtrooms.
Angry lawyers held a protest against PWD officials. District Bar Association president RP Dhir demanded an inquiry into the drainage work carried out recently with the funds provided by former union minister Santosh Chowdhary from her discretionary quota.

Municipal corporation staff pumped out water of the court complex.
"We are forced to work in pitiable conditions. Our woes would not end till a new judicial complex comes up," said Dhir.
"The existing place lacks basic amenities. There is no drinking water, no toilet and no shed for the litigants. The lawyers' waiting shed too is in a bad shape. The situation turns worse during the rains. After years, the water harnessing work was carried out recently but it failed to deliver," he added.
He threatened to initiate agitation if judicial complex was not renovated.

PWD executive engineer Ramtesh Bains, who recently joined here, said he would look into as how the court complex was inundated despite the water harvesting work in place.

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