Lawyers affiliated to the Dwarka Court Bar Association observed a strike on Friday in protest against the Delhi High Court order dated February 19 which they said had taken away six police stations from the jurisdiction of Dwarka court complex and “made a mockery of the justice at doorstep principle” envisaged by the Supreme Court. The Delhi Government had on September 11 last increased the number of judicial districts from nine to 11.

“Justice at ‘doorstep’ was the guiding principle behind the apex court passing direction on a civil writ petition (No.741 of 1989) in the year 2000 regarding bifurcation of Delhi into nine judicial districts. The idea was that it would help dispense easy and inexpensive justice to common people…But with the recent bifurcation, a person with a case lodged at Sagarpur police station, living within a distance of 1.5 km of Dwarka Court, would have to cover a distance of approximately 25 km to fight his case at another court,” the bar association statement said.

The lawyers said that litigants would face both physical hardship and financial burden from having to travel longer distances. The lawyers also said that formal witnesses (doctors, police officials, officials of various departments like MCD, DDA, PWD, Revenue Department, Post Office, and Commercial Banks) may face lot of difficulty in finding enough time to participate in the court proceedings and as a result there may be high likelihood of inordinate delays in disposal of the cases.

The other police stations which are moving away from the Dwarka court jurisdiction but are very proximate to it are Delhi Cantonment, IGI Airport, Naraina and Inderpuri. Seeking annulling of the bifurcation order, the Dwarka Court Bar Association has filed a writ petition in Delhi High Court.

“Against Delhi High Court order taking away six police stations from the jurisdiction of Dwarka court complex”