ITANAGAR, Aug 12: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the High Court building here at a ceremony in presence of Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Ajit Singh, even as he announced that his government would move the Centre for a separate and independent High Court for Arunachal.
Terming it as a ‘historic day’ for the state, the Chief Minister in his address thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad to have blessed the state with the temple of justice.
Also calling the day as auspicious, Khandu said, “It’s a dream come true to have a High Court building in the state after 18 years since the permanent bench of the Gauhati High Court was inaugurated here on August 12, 2000.”
“I am hopeful that justice delivery system will be smoothened and fast tracked by the coming up of this high court building,” he said.
The Chief Minister said the new high court building would be built entirely from the state’s own resources without depending on the Centre. He set the target of two years for its completion.
The Chief Minister said, “Since the separation of judiciary and executive in 2006, the state has its independent judiciary with two district and sessions courts each at Yupia and Tezu.
According to Khandu, five existing additional courts would be upgraded to district and session court soon. “Also the state has another seven CJM courts and 13 JMFC courts,” he said.
The Chief Minister lauded the role played by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court in strengthening the justice delivery mechanism in the state with the creation of new courts and manpower in the last two years.
He said the performance graph of the government advocates in the last two years had also seen an upward trend with support from advocate general of the state.
“For development to pick up pace, the state needs to have efficient justice delivery system and law and order in place,” said the chief minister adding that since last two years there has been remarkable improvement in law and order in the state. He also said bandh culture which affected the state earlier had almost disappeared.
Further informing on other legal initiatives in the state, the chief minister said the district legal service authority created in 17 districts are giving their best performance conducting lok adalat in regular period of time and disposing minor cases locally. About 4000 cases have been disposed through lok adalat, informed Khandu.
On a memorandum submitted by Arunachal Bar Association, the chief minister assured that the demand for a separate and independent High Court in Arunachal would be taken up on high priority with the Centre.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein conveyed the message of Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who assured that the centre will provide full support to the state government in the matters of law and justice.
Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.