CJI opens new court complex, with humane touch

Source: DHNS | Published on 13th August 2018, 10:43 AM | Coastal News |

Hubballi:  The much-awaited inauguration of the iconic new court building in the City by the chief of the country’s Judiciary was meaningful on Sunday, not just due to cutting the ribbon, unveiling the plaque, or planting a sapling, but more due to the act of Chief Justice of India (CJI) playing an active role in resolving a matrimonial dispute and asking the couple to maintain good relationship.

After inaugurating the new court complex here on Sunday, Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra led the settlement of a matrimonial dispute for divorce between a couple, which was before the family court here.

Resolving this case at a Special Lok Adalat, that too led by the CJI immediately after the inauguration of the new facility, made the occasion very special, and also gave a unique message on how judiciary can reunite litigating persons.

In addition to its gigantic structure, aesthetic look, and modern facility, the new court complex, when inaugurated by the CJI, set a humane example on its inaugural day itself, as the CJI told litigating couple Jagadish Shelagi and Parvati alias Madhu about the importance of family values, who later agreed to withdraw their divorce petition, resulting in their reunion along with their four children.

This case settled under the first Special Lok Adalat held at the new court complex, that too under the supervision of the CJI, resulted in the reunion of a family.

“This is the first case settled at the new court complex, resulting in a family reunion with the guidance of the CJI,” said Hubballi Bar Association  general secretary Guru Hiremath.


With the presence of a host of VVIPs including Chief Justice of India, Chief Justice of Karnataka, Supreme Court judges, High Court judges, chief minister, PWD minister, MLA, and MP, the new court complex inaugural function was held on a massive scale, with various departments involved in arranging the function and making the preparations.

With the formal inauguration of the new court complex built at a cost of Rs 122 crore, modern facilities there were thrown open for the use of advocates, judges, court staff, and the litigants.

Speaking after inaugurating the new court complex, CJI Justice Dipak Misra highlighted the importance of infrastructure for courts, and relationship between bar, bench, and citizens. He also expressed happiness for his visit to Hubballi, and opined that rain during the new court complex inauguration was auspicious.

‘Don’t spit’

Supreme Court judge Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar stressed the need to maintain cleanliness in the court complex. Those who spit in the building should be imposed Rs 500 fine and they should be made to re-paint the area, he said.

He stated that the old court complex can be used for Labour Court and Consumer Court. He was emotional while recalling his association with bar association and old court complex.

Supreme Court judges speaking in Kannada, and even the CJI using a few Kannada words and speaking about the importance of mother tongue and mother land received huge round of applause.

‘Govt co-operates’

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy assured support for infrastructure development for the Judiciary, and he sought directions to work well.

Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Justice Dinesh Maheshwari noted that the 
CJI has set a ‘bonding’ precedent by coming down to Hubballi to inaugurate the court building.

MP Pralhad Joshi stressed the need for a debate on the need for Supreme Court having benches at other places, while MLA Jagadish Shettar highlighted the importance of judicial activism.

Supreme Court judge Justice S Abdul Nazeer, Legislative Council pro-tem Chairman Basavaraj Horatti, and PWD Minister H D Revanna also spoke. High Court judges Ravi Malimath, R B Budihal, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, Advocate General Uday Holla, and others were present.


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