AMPATI, Feb 24: In a move that will ensure complete separation of Judiciary from the Executive in South West Garo Hills (SWGH) district, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and Chief Justice of Meghalaya Justice Dinesh Maheshwari jointly inaugurated the District & Sessions Court in the Deputy Commissioner’s office premises and also laid the foundation stone for construction of a permanent District Court complex at Ampati on Friday.
They also inaugurated the Lok Adalat being held in the premises on the occasion and also inspected the proceedings of the Lok Adalat. Earlier the Chief Minister, Chief Justice and other dignitaries also planted saplings at the site of the permanent court complex.
An impressive function was held at Ampati Multi-Facility Centre to mark the historic occasion which was also attended by Minister for Law, Roshan Warjri, Government Chief Whip, W.D. Sangma, Shillong High Court judges, Justice SR Sen and Justice Ved Prakash Vaish, Mahendraganj Legislator, Dikkanchi D Shira, Advocate General of Meghalaya, BP Todi, DGP in charge BL Buam, officials of the district and members of Tura Bar Association among many others.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said that the occasion will remain an important milestone in endeavors to serve the people more efficiently. Stating that there are certain ambiguities and grey areas while implementing various sections of law in a Sixth Schedule area, Dr. Sangma said, “The Government is taking steps to address the issues so that there is complete clarity and no conflict of interpretation of law.”
The Chief Minister also said that when the executive officers hold the dual charge of the Executive and the Judiciary their hands are full and they are faced with constraints of time in delivering their administrative duties and cannot do justice to both. He also appealed to the youth to look at the space of judiciary as an opportunity to serve the people of the state.
Stating that a state where there is a perceived lawlessness is considered to be defective, the Chief Minister also emphasized that all agencies of the government work hand in hand in the delivery of justice to the people. He also announced that State Civil Service examinations would be held every year. “We will recruit MCS officers every year, so that our youth are prepared to appear in Indian Civil Service (IAS) and other examinations”, he added.
Justice Maheshwari in his address on the occasion said that separation of judiciary from executive, which is essential for public good, will give the executive officers more time to engage in administrative work. He was of the view that the separation would provide room for all programmes related to delivery of justice and legal aid being carried out in an effective manner in SWGH.
Commenting on the fear and challenges raised by the Tura Bar Association in enforcing different sections of law in a Sixth Schedule area, the Chief Justice said that if there are rules which need to be overhauled, the views and suggestion of learned members of the Bar would be considered to arrive at vibrant solutions.
South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner CVD Diengdoh and President of Tura Bar Association M. L. Thangal were among other who also spoke on the occasion.
According to the High Court notification, Allenby M Ripnar, District & Sessions Judge, Tura would also hold additional charge as District & Sessions Judge for Ampati, Isormon Rymbui would hold additional charge as Chief Judicial Magistrate, TTM Sangma is posted as Judicial Magistrate for SWGH.