CJI Thakur inaugurates new building of High Court in Lucknow
Lucknow: Chief Justice Of India T S Thakur on Saturday dedicated the new building of the Lucknow High Court to the judges, lawyers and public , with expectation that now it will help the bench and the bar to speed up the dispensation of justice to the litigants .
“ The beautiful building, which is unique in the world, has been erected from the hard earned money of tax payers , hence it is the obligation of all associated with justice delivery system that the litigants are provided easy , cheap and fast justice and now there can be no excuse of poor infrastructure and working conditions”, said the CJI. With the expansion of courts in the new building, the lawyers once again raised voice to enlarge the territorial jurisdiction.
Unveiling the image of the new building, the CJI exhorted the bench and the bar to be ready to fulfil more aspirations of the people which are bound to rise with the inauguration . “ The building is a great gift from the government to the judiciary and now people look up to the judges and lawyers with utmost expectation which must be realized”, said CJI.
The jam-packed hall , with three thousand and five hundred capacity , which is meant for the Oudh Bar association, clamoured with clapping of lawyers as the CJI began his speech in a blend of Hindi and Urdu. Praising the tradition and culture of the Nawabi city, CJI recalled his association with the city when his father had taken admission in Lucknow University to get his law degree.
In his address , CJI said that the building is such a huge and beautiful that even Supreme Court is nothing before its grandeur. Not only this, even no courts of UK or USA have such a splendid premises, said CJI.
Delivering the welcome speech in Hindi with Urdu mix , Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said that the new building was capable to fulfil all the needs of the bench and the bar. Remembering the contribution of some famous dignitaries produced by the Oudh bar Association, CJ called upon the lawyers to continue the tradition. Reciting Urdu poetry, the CJ said ''it is our duty to serve people and we should use our education and knowledge to serve the poor and needy.
Supreme Court judge R K Agrawal said that the lawyers must adapt such conduct and make such arguments as it may shine their names in the country.
West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi said that the majesty of the building impresses everyone but the it also instils more hopes and aspiration in the mind people which has to be fulfilled. “ Within few days, the building would convert into the work place , so bench and bar must be ready to improve their efficiency,''he added.
Speaking on occasion, CM Akhilesh Yadav said that all the three wings of the democracy i.e. Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary must respect each other. He said his government was always ready to extend full co-operation for construction of the new building. “ “ Now people expect cheap , easy and speedy justice from the system”, he said.
Appreciating the CM for allocation of funds to make the building , UP Governor Ram Naik said that construction of the building was started in 2010 and was expected to be completed by end of 2014 but the work was delayed costing Rs 650 crore more . Indicating that the cost escalated due to delay, similarly, the hopes of the litigants also get shattered due to delay in disposal of cases. “ If bench and bar are not able to deliver fast justice , the purpose of getting this huge building would be wasted,'' he said.