DB’s directive to Director Planning on construction of lawyers’ chambers

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 8: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Bar Association Jammu seeking construction of lawyers chambers, Division Bench of High Court comprising Justice DS Thakur and Justice Tashi Rabstan today directed Director (Coordination) in the Planning and Development Department to file affidavit giving details vis-à-vis requests made for release of balance amount and the manner in which the department pursued the matter with the Union Government.
After hearing battery of lawyers appearing for both the sides, DB observed, “pursuant to earlier order dated Director (Coordination) Planning and Development Department is present in person to explain the delay in release of funds for completion of lawyers chambers being undertaken by the JKPCC”.
“He has stated that for the year 2014-15 an amount of Rs 2.17 crore had been sanctioned by the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs of the State pursuant to the approval granted by the Planning Commission/Ministry of Finance. Against this amount, Rs 1.09 crore had been released in favour of Department of Law and Parliamentary Affairs which was further routed to the JKPCC for construction of lawyers chamber”, the DB said, adding “with regard to the balance amount of Rs. 1.08 crores, he has stated that funds would be released only after the State Government furnishes proof/bills reflecting utilization of earlier amount of Rs 1.09 crore”.
“He has submitted that the details regarding the same have already been submitted and forwarded to the Planning Commission through the Planning and Development Department of the State and funds would be released in favour of the State Government somewhere in the month of January 2015”, the DB observed and directed Director Coordination to file detailed affidavit in this regard giving details regarding the dates on which the request for release of balance amount has been made and the manner in which the department has pursued the matter with the Central Government.

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