Delhi HC Judges Conduct Inspections At District Level Courts To Find Judiciary Officials Coming Late
In a bid to evaluate the functioning of the subordinate judiciary, judges of the Delhi High Court made surprise visits to district courts in the capital on the morning of August 31, according to a report by The Bar and Bench.
The task force was headed by acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Gita Mittal and they paid a surprise visit to the Patiala House court complex. Similar inspection visits were carried out by other judges of the High Court. Justice Ravindra Bhat visited the Tis Hazari complex whereas Justice Sanjeev Khanna showed up at the Rohini courts. Justice GS Sistani went to Kakardooma and Justice S Muralidhar went to Saket. Justice Vipin Sanghi paid a visit to the Dwarka courts.
The inspections were conducted in order to keep a tab on the judges of the district courts. Reportedly, a large number of judges used to come late to the courts. Judicial officers were found to be arriving post 10.30 AM, beyond the regular stipulated time of 10.00 AM.
A list of the late comers have been drawn and strict action is expected to be taken against the defaulters. In the past few months, the Delhi High Court has taken a strict stance on laxity and misconduct in the subordinate judiciary.
Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court decided to retire Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kapoor at the age of 58, thereby not extending his tenure for two years, as reported by DNA. This decision was taken by the full court headed by Mittal J. Kapoor, who was posted in Patiala House Court, is the judge who granted interim bail to Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra in a fraud case. Just after he granted the bail, he was transferred to Tis Hazari Court.
These inspections also come after Nitesh Gupta was similarly made to demit office. He was supposed to take charge as Metropolitan Magistrate in Tis Hazari Court. Gupta was retired after he failed to provide an explanation with respect to interest-free loans of Rs. 5.73 crore taken by him. Nitesh Gupta is the son of sitting Meghalaya High Court Judge, Justice VP Vaish. Vaish earlier was a judge of the Delhi High Court. The decision to terminate him was taken at a Full Court meeting by the Delhi High Court led by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal.
The Delhi High Court led by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justices S Ravindra Bhatt and Sanjiv Khanna have launched a strong drive against corruption in Delhi judiciary. The Logical Indian applauds the measures taken by the Delhi High Court in conducting inspection visits at district level courts. This comes across as a very strong message to the judiciary officials. Such measures help in ensuring that punctuality is maintained in the court of law.