Centre to spend Rs 15,000 cr for infrastructure in courts

The Centre plans to spend about Rs 15,000 crore in the coming four years to upgrade infrastructure in courts across the country, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Saturday said.

Updated: Jul 31, 2010, 21:56 PM IST

Bangalore: The Centre plans to spend
about Rs 15,000 crore in the coming four years to upgrade
infrastructure in courts across the country, Union Law
Minister M Veerappa Moily on Saturday said.

The 13th Finance Commission has provided Rs 5,000
crore for developing infrastructure in high courts and the
government wants to spend Rs 10,000 crore to improve
infrastructure in sub-ordinate courts, he said.
"The Cabinet note on the issue is ready. The programme
upon approval would be implemented over a period of four
years," Moily said at a conference of advocates and human
rights delegates on the theme "Law as an instrument of
Economic and Social Change" here.

Government was contemplating setting up five regional
consultative centres to prepare faculty and improve curriculum
in legal education in Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and
Goa, he said, adding, it was also working on a plan with the
Chief Justice of India to ensure that the delay in disposal of
cases does not exceed beyond three years.

Fourteen National Law School of Universities would be
added to as many existing in the country in the coming years,
he said.

In the wake of increase in the number of honour
killings in parts of the country, Moily said a bill to prevent
such crimes was in the offing and being drafted.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, who presided,
stressed the need for evolving a welfare support scheme to
lawyers on retirement to take care of their medical needs and
livelihood.

He flayed the BJP`s opposition to government enhancing
the age of Judges of the High Court from 62 years to 65 years,
saying "that party stands exposed now".

The enhancement in retirement age would bring to halt
the unhealthy lobbying indulged in by some high court judges
seeking elevation to Supreme Court, where the retirement age
is 65 years, he said.

Singhvi, however, requested Moily not to entertain
demand for revising the retirement of age of Supreme Court
judges from 65 years to either 67 or 70 years.

He said he would not support the demand of advocates
of Bangalore for establishment of Supreme Court Bench in the
city, saying "it would dilute the integrity of the highest
court".

PTI