Bar President responds to news item published in The Hindu
Responding to a news item published in these columns on Thursday highlighting the lack of basic amenities such as toilet facilities for hundreds of policemen visiting the Madras High Court Bench here, Madurai Bench High Court Advocates Association (MBHAA) president M. Thirunavukarasu said that steps were afoot to construct rest rooms for the exclusive use of policemen.
According to him, his was the first association to take up the issue with the High Court judges.
It had even given a representation to construct two toilets apart separate rooms for men and women police personnel, who visit the High Court on working days from all 14 districts falling under the jurisdiction of the Bench to give instructions to the government counsel in various cases, to change their dress.
Rs 2.5 lakh approved
The issue was also taken up with Justice R. Sudhakar, one of the building committee members of the High Court, last month.
The judge immediately called for the files pertaining to the issue, forwarded them to the Principal Seat of the High Court in Chennai and got Rs. 2.5 lakh approved for constructing the rest rooms in the vacant space behind the building housing the chambers for Law Officers.
The amount would also be utilised for putting up a shed on the terrace of the building. It would be used as a dining hall by the policemen who are deputed on a regular basis on court duty.
“As of now, these policemen do not have a proper place even to have lunch in peace.
Hence, our association suggested that a few tables, chairs and a wash basin could be provided on the terrace,” Mr. Thirunavukarasu said.
He also added that the Public Works Department was most likely to begin the construction work by Monday.