| Meghalaya Chief Justice T. N. Singh in Tura on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos |
Tura, Aug. 10: The Garo hills reached a major milestone in judicial history with the inauguration of its first-ever district and sessions court in Tura this morning, signalling the official bifurcation of the judiciary from the executive.
Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma and acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court Justice T. Nandakumar Singh jointly inaugurated the district sessions court by laying the foundation stone on the premises of the deputy commissioner’s office in Tura, 323km from Shillong.
Highlighting the importance of a complete separation of the judiciary from the executive, Sangma said it would lead to the creation of a conducive atmosphere for the justice delivery system to flourish effectively.
He added that the court would immensely help in accelerating legal proceedings and providing delivery of justice.
The chief minister also said the separation of the two important bodies of governance would now be able to provide immense help or the under-staffed police department which is already weighed down with their duties in solving cases, investigations and maintaining law and order.
While seeking cooperation from the people, Sangma maintained that all development programmes can be successfully carried out provided peace and harmony prevails and people are self-regulating.
He assured help from the government’s side to equip the court with necessary infrastructure.
Justice Singh emphasised the need to give importance to and understand local customs while delivering justice.
Now that the judiciary and the executive are being separated, one can expect speedy disposal of cases,” Singh said.
He urged the people to adhere to fundamental duties.