J&K High Court functions from makeshift arrangement

 The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday started functioning from a makeshift arrangement at Gupkar Road here after floods affected the court premises near Jehangir Chowk.

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday started functioning from a makeshift arrangement at Gupkar Road here after floods affected the court premises near Jehangir Chowk.

Chief Justice MM Kumar requested the employees of the High Court to report for work at the makeshift office.

The court work remained suspended for 11 days as flood water inundated the court complex on September 7.

The Chief Justice said the objective is to restore to people the obligation of providing them the fundamental rights.

He hoped people would be benefited by this move and their difficulties would be redressed.

The Chief Justice is himself putting up at the top floor of the makeshift building as his residence at Sonawar has become inhabitable due to floods.

He said the District Court of Srinagar would start functioning from two points.

For areas of North city, a temporary court would be established in the Moot court rooms of Law Department of Kashmir University.

The areas comprise the jurisdictions of Police Stations of Rainawari, S R Gunj, Soura, Khanyar, Nowhatta and adjoining areas.

Similarly, for areas of South Srinagar coming under the jurisdiction of Police Stations of Shergarhi, Parimpora, Maisuma, Batamaloo and Saddar, a temporary court has been set up at the Custodian General building at Hyderpora.

Kumar said most of records in the courts have been salvaged and shifted to first and second floors.

He appreciated the efforts of the employees of courts, particularly of Bijbehara court, who saved the court records.

The Chief Justice said as soon as water recedes from the premises, the High Court would start functioning from its own place after clean up operations. 

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