The administrative in-charge of two district courts here today informed the Delhi High Court that they will be installing air conditioners in every room which falls under their jurisdiction.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw was informed by district judges of Tis Hazari and Patiala House Court complexes, through their counsel that they are in process of installing ACs and it will be completed soon.
“It has been done on the civil side of each court room, the remaining will be done very soon,” the counsel said, adding that at Patiala House courts, ACs have been installed in every room.
The high court had on January 14 sought response of the district judges on a plea seeking installation of ACs at the district courts under their jurisdiction to provide an efficient work environment.
Taking note of the submission that the work is in progress and will be completed soon, the court disposed of the petition directing the district judges to complete without failure.
The PIL, filed by lawyer Amit Sahni, had sought direction to the district judges for installation of ACs in all courts located in respective districts of Delhi with immediate effect so as to avoid undue harassment.
The plea had said that all district courts in Delhi were centrally air-conditioned except Tis Hazari Courts and Patiala House Courts.
It had said that in Tis Hazari Courts, ACs were installed in offices of almost all the clerical staff but not in all the court rooms.
“For instance in Tis Hazari Court, ACs are not installed in room 356, 357, 361, 361A etc.,” the plea had said, adding “ACs have become basic necessity for efficient working and the same have been installed in all Government/PSUs/Private Sectors for the last decade.”
The counsel had said that it is essential to provide an efficient working environment to court staff, judicial officers, counsel and litigants, “which would affect the pace of the matters pending in each court”.