Congress Fully Supports Concerns Echoed By Chief Justice Of J&K High Court

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Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress committee has fully supported the genuine concerns echoed by the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court, regarding the urgent need to create separate permanent CAT bench in J and K UT with multiple benches,  having permanent seats at Jammu and Srinagar,  keeping in view a large number of cases and the vast area of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Expressing gratitude to the Chief Justice for taking cognizance of the problems of the people especially employees of J and K and Ladakh UTs and their fundamental right to access to justice,   which should be affordable,  efficacious and expeditious, JKPCC has said that what was expected from the Govt and public representatives,  has been highlighted by the Chief Justice.

JKPCC Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma has said that it is most unfortunate that those who were required to apply their minds on the issue and think before they act, keeping in view the bare facts and figures and the relevant data, have utterly failed in their duty and put the litigants and lawyers to great hardships by their unthoughtful,  arbitrary and unilateral decisions.

He said more unfortunate is that the Ministry is headed by the representative from J and K itself, who could have taken few of his own party colleagues especially from the Bar on board, to arrive at a just decision, in the matter.

“Had the Govt consulted the Hon’ble High Court or the legal fraternity alone or even their own party colleagues in the Bar,  such an unreasonable order would not have followed but unfortunately the same appears to have been ordained, least caring for the hardships, to be faced by those seeking remedies to their grievances,” he said.

‌The party has said that the letter of the Chief Justice has put the entire matter in right perspective, along with all the relevant data justifying the creation of a CAT having permanent Bench in Jammu and Srinagar and multiple circuit benches including at Ladakh.

“The Government of India should immediately take steps in that direction, without any loss of time. Till the needful is done, the notification of shifting of cases and the jurisdiction of high court, be kept in abeyance,” Party added.

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