Orders Minor changes, bench to start soon
NBS Times Report
Siliguri March 2: A team from Calcutta High Court looked satisfied today after they visited the temporary infrastructure of the yet to be formed circuit bench at Jalpaiguri signaling that the bench would soon start functioning at the earliest. The team lead by Chief Justice Arun Mishra though has suggested some minor changes in the infrastructure before it start its operation.
The functioning of the circuit bench was first started during the Left Front regime and is expected to be stationed at the Zilla Parishad Bungalow. The permanent site for the bungalow however is at the Paharpur More at the vicinity of the town. The team lead by registrar of the judiciary department Ranjit Kr. Bag also visited the permanent site.
“Apart from minor changes the team showed satisfaction over the infrastructure which is a good sign,” said Smaraki Mahapatra, the District Magistrate of Jalpaiguri. The circuit bench will cater to the needs of sixth districts of North Bengal.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee had laid the foundation of the permanent building last September. The bench would be spread over 40 acres of land and Rs. 56 crore has been sanctioned initially by the Judiciary department. Apart Rs. 6 core has been sanctioned for the construction of a boundary wall and Rs. 4.77 crore for filling up of the land. The permanent circuit bench will have 16 judges according to top judiciary officials. The bench is expected to operate 21 days in a month. Cases filed from North Bengal in the Calcutta High Court will be transferred to the bench.