ITANAGAR, Aug 12 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today laid the foundation stone for High Court building at Naharlagun in presence of Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice Ajit Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra and others.
Calling it a historic day for the State, the Chief Minister, in his address, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad to have blessed the State with the ‘temple of justice’.
Also calling the day auspicious, Khandu said, “It’s a dream come true to have a High Court building in the State after 18 years since the Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court was inaugurated here in 2000 on this very day of 12th August. I am hopeful that justice delivery system will be smoothened and fast-tracked by the coming up of this High Court building.”
The Chief Minister said the new High Court building will be built entirely from State’s own resources. He set the target of two years for its completion.
The High Court’s foundation was scheduled to be laid by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, but he could not make it due to inclement weather.
Khandu said, “Since the separation of judiciary and executive in 2006, the State began its independent judiciary with its two district and sessions courts – one each at Yupia and Tezu. Today, we have five additional district and session courts, which will be upgraded to district and sessions court soon. Also the State has another seven CJM courts and 13 JMFC courts.”
The Chief Minister lauded the service of Chief Justice of the High Court for his advisory role in strengthening the justice delivery mechanism in the State with the creation of new courts and manpower in the last two years.
“For development to pick up pace, the State needs to have efficient justice delivery system and law and order in place,” Khandu said and added that since last two years there has been remarkable improvement in law and order in the State. He also said bandh culture which affected the State earlier has almost come to halt.