CM Manohar Lal Khattar demands separate high court for Haryana

Citing the pendency of more than 1.40 lakh cases of the state, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has demanded separate high court for the state, an equal representation on the existing bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court and an additional bench for the southern-western districts to ensure speedy delivery of the justice to the people.
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Updated on May 23, 2015 10:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Rohtak

Citing the pendency of more than 1.40 lakh cases of the state, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has demanded separate high court for the state, an equal representation on the existing bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court and an additional bench for the southern-western districts to ensure speedy delivery of the justice to the people.

The chief minister, while addressing a gathering at the state level function organized by Haryana Legal Services Authority (HALSA) here on Saturday also appealed the acting chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar, to support his demands.

Khattar demanded that the high court should make the provision of webcast or live telecast of court proceedings so that the people could be made aware about the laws and proceedings of the courts. He said that efforts be made to facilitate high court proceedings in Hindi in Hindi-speaking states, and in regional languages in non-Hindi speaking States

"Though, we are raising our demands already, but I seek cooperation of acting chief justice of the Punjab and haryana high court for the setting up a separate high court for Haryana, as the number of pending cases of the state is around 1.40 lakh", said Khattar .

The chief minister demanded that distribution of judges from 60:40 ratio should be revised as the number of pending cases from Haryana is higher than Punjab, and Haryana share should be increased from the present 40 per cent and Haryana should be given equal representation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court

Addressing the gathering Justice Vazifdar said the legal literacy is must and people should be made aware about their rights. "until we are not aware about our rights, how we will demand it", said Justice Vazifdar. He also sought cooperation of the students to eradicate legal illiteracy saying, "students can play major role in making people aware about the laws", he said adding, "the law of the land is not dull or scary you (students) to go the people and make them aware about their rights, duties and laws of the country".

Poverty and legal illiteracy a major challenge to check child labour

Punjab and Haryana high court judge and Haryana State Legal Services Authority Chairman justice Satish Kumar Mittal said that poverty and legal illetaracy are the major challenge to put a complete check the child labour. No-doubt HALSA doing good job to aware the people about laws, but still there are lakhs of children becoming the victim of the child labour, and it is ironical that most of them work in hazardous industries. "more steps are required to deal with this problem and the students should cooperate with us to make such people aware about their rights and laws" he added.

CM keeps media guessing

The chief minister Manohrar Lal Khattar did it again. He left the function organsied by HALSA in between and did not talk to the media persons. The local officers of the information and public relation department called media persons to a hall for the press conference. When the video journalists focused their cameras on empty sofa reserved for the CM, security guards said that the chief minister has left. Though, media persons tried get the answer of their question and run outside, but the chief minister left in his car, without talking to them.

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