Officer appointed to take care of work of Copyright Board
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 21:42
  
New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that besides providing basic infrastructure, a special officer has been appointed to take care of overall work of the Copy Right Board following the court's earlier direction.

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A S Chandhioke told a Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur and Jutice Mukta Gupta that Jagdish Swaroop has been appointed as Special Officer in the Board and he will work with V K Saxena, Deputy Registrar and Licensing Officer of the Board.

"One full time stenographer and two data entry operators and a peon were appointed and a computer with a printer has been provided to the Board," said the ASG through a compliance report.

In addition, the law officer said the Registrar's office is being shifted to Jeevan Deep building and the Directorate of Estates was directed to provide a conference room in the building itself for the hearing of Copy right violation cases and the Chairman and other members of the Board.

The Bench had directed the Centre to provide within a week the basic infrastructure to the Copy Right Board after a report filed by counsel Pratibha Maninder Singh, amicus curiae appointed by the court, that there is no chamber for the Chairman and the Board members when the sittings were held.

The sittings of the Board have been held in the Indian Law Institute(ILI) temporarily and the Board is completely dependent on the availability of a hall or room in the ILI premises, said the report.

The Licensing Officer in the Copy Right Office, who is in the scale of an under Secretary, functions as a part-time Secretary to the Copy Board, according to the report.

"There is no secretarial staff available for the Copy Right Board. In fact, the Board borrows a peon from the Copy Right Office on part-time basis. There is no personal assistant or stenographer as such with the Board. One part-time clerk of the office is being shared by Board's three officers" as per the report.

On April 7, the Bench took suo motu cognizance after it came to its notice that the Board is not functioning in a systematic manner as it does not have a permanent office room and lacks other basic infrastructural facilities.

The Bench had appointed Singh as amicus curiae and directed her to file a detailed report about the condition of the officer after visiting the Copy Right Board.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 21:42


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