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Bar’s opposition to shifting Gauhati High Court to new building totally misconceived: Justice Sandeep Mehta

The Gauhati High Court Bar Association (GHCBA) had in June held a sit-in protest opposing the Assam government’s proposal to shift the High Court and other courts in and around Guwahati to a single site on the northern bank of the Brahmputra.

The association also addressed a memorandum to the President of India, the Chief Justice of India, the Union Law Minister, and the Assam Chief Minister opposing the proposed shift of the High Court and the city’s sessions court to a ‘judicial city‘ in North Guwahati’s Rangmahal area.

Presently, the distance between the two sites is roughly 25 km, which is well over an hour’s commute, taking into account the traffic conditions. However, a new bridge is being constructed, which is expected to reduce the travel time by half.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had first announced a draft plan about this move on April 14 this year.

The current High Court building has been in use since 1951. A new annex was inaugurated in 2013. The magisterial courts are within 500 metres of the building.

Source: Barandbench

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