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Meghalaya Chief Justice inaugurates new court houses at Tura and Williamnagar

PWD officials draw ire of Chief Justice


TURA: Two permanent new court buildings of the District and sessions Courts at Tura and Williamnagar were inaugurated by Meghalaya Chief Justice (Acting) Sudip Ranjan Sen who paid a visit to both the districts on Saturday.

The Chief Justice (Acting) of Meghalaya High Court , S R Sen speaks during the inauguration of the new court building of District and Sessions Judge at Tura on Saturday.

Inaugurating the two court complexes, Justice Sen expressed his happiness that the long cherished dream of the people of the district to have a separate court have finally been realized and would soon materialise once the infrastructure is fully completed.

The Chief Justice (Acting) encouraged the police, the prosecution and the court to work together so as to provide substantial justice to the people.

He said that the Indian justice system has plenty of sufficient rules and laws and what is required is its proper application.

He expressed concern that many a times criminals are able to get away taking advantage of the system and that the time had come to apply the law with an iron hand.

He made a reference to the recent incident at Medanta super-specialty hospital in Delhi where the license for its pharmacy was suspended for a week for overcharging patients in medical bills.

“Instead of suspending the license it should have been cancelled,” remarked Justice Sen. He added that proper application of mind is required while giving a verdict.

The acting chief justice did not fail to show his disappointment with the state PWD department over the slow progress of work for construction of the court complex in Tura.

While appreciation was showered on those behind the successful completion of the court construction at Williamnagar, the story was not the same in Tura where the Chief justice had to inaugurate an incomplete building.

He vented his disappointment on those (read PWD-Building officials) behind the shoddy work progress saying, “When something has to be done then it should be properly done, otherwise it shouldn’t be done at all.”

The disappointment can be gauged by the fact that the completed Williamnagar Court would begin hearing cases in the new complex, adjoining the DC office compound, from Monday onward, whereas, in regards to the new court in Tura much requires to be done.

The rooms of the new court in Tura are yet to be furnished, require a major paint job on the outside and the approach road is yet to be completed.

Chief justice (Acting) S R Sen was accompanied by Meghalaya Government’s Law Secretary W Khyllep, Registrar General of the High Court of Meghalaya Ms. B Mawrie, PWD chief engineer F Marbaniang, district officials and members of the bar association during the twin inaugurations.

Earlier, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of West Garo Hills, Mr D Marbaniang gave the welcome address at Tura while the vote of thanks was proposed by the district sessions judge.



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