DB arrays Registrar General as respondent, issues notice

PIL seeking establishment of Dehi Adalats

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 20: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Altaf Hussain Drabu seeking establishment of Dehi Adalats, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Rashid Ali Dar has arrayed Registrar General as respondent and issued notice to him.
In the PIL, it has been submitted that State Legislature had passed Jammu and Kashmir Dehi Adalats Act in 2013 for establishment of village courts but even after lapse of several years nothing has been done on the ground.
“The purpose of establishing Dehi Adalats is to provide access to justice to citizens at their doorsteps and also for ensuring that justice cannot be denied to any citizen by reason of social, economic or other disabilities as enshrined in the Preamble and under Articles 39(A) and 14 of the Constitution”, the petitioner further submitted, adding “the Government by SRO 275 of 2014 has already issued notification for the establishment of 22 Dehi Adalats in 22 districts of the State but no process has been initiated thereof to make Dehi Adalats functional in the State”.
After hearing counsel for the PIL, the Division Bench observed, “keeping in view the issue raised in this petition, High Court through Registrar General is incorporated as party respondent in this petition”. Accordingly, DB directed Registry to issue notice to newly added respondent.