SC asks centre to distribute funds uniformly among states for infra upgrades of lower judiciary

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed its displeasure over the Centre not disbursing funds uniformly among the state Governments for development and upgradation of infrastructure in subordinate judiciary.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the the Centre to ensure that the funds should be distributed uniformly in accordance with its policy decision under which a scheme has been envisaged that the union and the state Government would share the funds in the ratio of 60:40 for development of infrastructure facilities for judiciary.

The bench, also comprising Justices L N Rao and S K Kaul, passed the order after senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, said the Centre was not distributing the fund uniformly to all states and gave example of Bihar which received Rs 204.03 crore in last four years, while Odisha did not receive any fund in last five years under the scheme.

When the senior advocate along with advocates Sneha Kalita and Avnish Pandey, was making the submission, the bench said there was a need for an order to ensure that the scheme is implemented uniformly in all states. (AGENCIES)