‘Special identity of the building, which is almost a heritage one, be retained'
The Chief Justice of Madras High Court, M.Y.Eqbal, has suggested that the combined court building proposed in Pudukottai be built in the Public Office campus in the town, where courts are located now, taking into account the views of the Bar.
“The Revenue Offices in the existing building could be shifted and the entire building made available for courts. The combined court building could be constructed to the rear of the existing court building. I may suggest, subject to the acceptance of the government, that the special identity of the building, which is almost a heritage building, be retained,” the Chief Justice said speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Pudukottai Bar Association on Saturday.
Justice Mr.Eqbal was responding to demands from the office bearers of the Bar and senior advocates for shifting the Revenue offices in the building so that all the courts be accommodated in the campus.
“I had a meeting with the District Collector, the High Court portfolio judge of the district and members of the Bar association to discuss the proposal for construction of a combined court building for the district. There were some objections to the shifting of the courts from the existing building. I had an idea that the building be declared a judicial museum. But given the objections from advocates to the shifting of the courts to a new building and the sentimental attachment they had to the old building, I have to change my idea. I hope the Bar will be fully satisfied,” he observed.
Justice P.Sathasivam, Judge, Supreme Court, concurred with the Chief Justice and suggested that the Bar Association pass a resolution explaining why they need the building.
The resolution could be submitted to the District Judge, who could forward it with his observations to the High Court. The High Court could then take it up with the government.
Law Minister C.Ve.Shanmugam assured to take up the matter with the Chief Minister if the proposal was forwarded by the judiciary to the government. He said orders have been issued for the construction of a Judicial Magistrate Court. Rooms for advocates would also be built at a cost of Rs.72.40 lakhs.
Minister for Adi Dravida Welfare N.Subramanian also pledged his support to the Bar in taking up the matter with the Chief Minister.
Later in the day, Justice F.M.Ibrahim Kalifulla, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, N.R.Madhava Menon, former member, Law Commission, and other advocates addressed the Bar members.
Advocates who had completed 25 years of practice were honoured on the occasion. Cash awards and certificates were also distributed to school toppers.