State sanctions over Rs 7 cr for revamp of Panvel courtrooms

The administrative section of Bombay High Court said on Wednesday in an affidavit that the state government had sanctioned Rs 7.22 crore for new courtrooms in Panvel and maintaining existing ones.

The affidavit was filed in response to a public interest litigation filed by lawyer Pramod Thakur on the issue of development of Panvel sessions court.

A division bench of Justices D D Sinha and K K Tated asked the state government to decide residential quarters for eight judicial officers, a district judge, two civil senior judges and five civil junior judges in Panvel by December 19.

According to the affidavit signed by Rajendra Awchat, registrar (legal and research) of High Court, a resolution was adopted on June 4 to sanction the amount.

At present, the Panvel court building houses three judicial magistrate first class courts, one civil judge junior division and two civil judge senior division courts.

The petition also raised issues of space for litigants and lawyers and absence of basic facilities such as absence of water and sanitation.

In previous hearings, the court had asked the state government to explain the status of courtroom buildings in other parts of the state.

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