SC asks Centre to disburse funds for infrastructure in subordinate judiciary

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre to disburse funds allocated for various state governments to develop infrastructure in subordinate judiciary within two weeks.

The Apex Court, which is monitoring filling up of vacancies and steps taken for upgrading facilities including building sufficient courtrooms, said the funds will be disbursed after the state governments provide the Centre utilisation certificates of funds disbursed earlier.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices L N Rao and Sanjiv Khanna directed the state governments to submit to the Centre the required documents within four weeks.

The Apex Court passed the directions after accepting the note of senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who sought directions on the basis of short term measures suggested by him while assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter.

“We are of the view that short-term measures suggested by the amicus curiae should be forthwith implemented,” the top court said, adding that the long-term measures suggested by the amicus curiae would require further consideration of this Court after the Central Government’s response.  (AGENCIES)