SC directs Centre to disburse funds to states for infrastructure for subordinate judiciary

NEW DELHI, Apr 23: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to disburse funds allocated for various state governments to develop infrastructure and fill up vacancies in subordinate judiciary.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna perused the report filed by senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae in the matter.
Taking note of the report, the bench directed that the compliance reports of the Centre, the state governments and the union territories (UT) be sent to the amicus curiae – one who assists a court by offering information and expertise on the issues pertaining to a case.
Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, sought directions to the Centre, as a one-time measure, to consider release of Rs 15,000 crore for pending proposals in a phased manner and the matching contribution by the state governments and the UTs.
He pointed out that with regard to short term directions, whereby the states were required to submit to the Centre utilisation certificates of funds disbursed, only eight states and
three UTs – Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Goa and Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Andaman & Islands and Puducherry – have submitted the required details.
In the note, Hansaria sought directions to the states of Uttarakhand (Rs 2.30 crore), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 2.92 crore), Tripura (Rs 16.97 crore), Puducherry (Rs 7.95 crore), Delhi (Rs 10.92 crore) and Chandigarh (Rs 7.97 crore) to submit their pending utilization certificates for 2017-18 within a month.
Further, he sought directions to the Centre to restore the earlier fund sharing pattern of 75 percent and 25 percent.
The apex court on its own had taken note of over 5,000 vacancies for judicial officers across the country and had directed all the 24 high courts and 36 states and UTs to apprise it of remedial measures.
It is also monitoring the steps taken for developing the infrastructure in subordinate judiciary. (PTI)