The Bar Association of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister for Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar, demanding the filling up of vacant posts of judges, more financial assistance to the Bar and construction of the Lawyers Bhawan among others.
The association also demanded the setting up of the National Judicial Commission for the appointment of judges in high courts so that people’s faith in the Indian judicial system could be restored.
The Bar informed Kumar that the Punjab and Haryana High Court is short of about 25 judges. It said that five judges would be retiring this year. The association has requested the minister to provide adequate grant to it for upgrading the infrastructure facilities for the increasing number of bar members.
With the bar scattered beyond Chandigarh, the demand of constructing more chambers was also put before the minister.
The association demanded that the Lawyers Bhawan should be constructed, preferably in Chandigarh, with facilities including an auditorium, gymnasium hall, swimming pool.
Kumar assured the lawyers that he would look into all the demands. The minister said that a decision on the establishment of the National Judicial Commission would be taken soon. He said that the concerned authorities have already approved the appointment of 1800 subordinate judicial officers.
Take call on NIPER contract system, HC tells Centre
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to take a final decision on abolishing the contract system of appointment in the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali within four months.
The directions came from the High Court on a petition filed by the NIPER Research Employees Welfare Association, Mohali. The Association apprised the HC that despite three resolutions by the Board of Governors of NIPER for abolishing the contract system, the government was yet to take a final decision on the matter.