CHANDIGARH APRIL 7: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the lawyers to play a pro-active role in the delivery of justice to the people as they were an integral pillar of the entire judicial system. Presiding over a function organized by the Bar Association of Punjab & Haryana High Court here at High Court complex, Mr. Badal said that lawyers were the "officers of the court" and have a great responsibility towards the success of the judicial system. He also exhorted the legal fraternity to discharge their duties with professional commitment, dedication and sincerity in the larger public interest.
Mr. Badal appreciated Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court Justice Mr. Vijendra Jain for his commitment towards improving the delivery of justice in the state. He also lauded his pioneering role in starting the first Mobile Court in Punjab at Talwara besides his unique initiative for upgrading the infrastructure in the judicial complexes in the state. He also commended the Chief Justice who with the participation of his fellow judges launched a special campaign for creating awareness amongst the people of Punjab against the social malady of female foeticide and drug addiction in the state in addition to his duties. He assured the Chief Justice that the state government would provide all financial assistance and cooperation for the construction of judicial complexes and lawyers’ chambers in the state. He reiterated that it was an endeavour of the state government to provide congenial atmosphere to the judiciary and lawyers to discharge their duties efficiently.
Responding to the demands raised by the President Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu, the Chief Minister presented a cheque of Rs.1 crore to the Association as Punjab’s share towards the corpus of Rs.5 crore setup by the Bar Association for the welfare of lawyers.
Addressing on the occasion Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court Justice Mr. Vijender Jain lauded the Chief Minister for showing special concern for the welfare of the Judiciary. He thanked Mr. Badal for making a budgetary provision of Rs.35 crore for the construction of new judicial complexes in the state during the current financial year.
In his address Advocate General, Punjab Mr. H.S. Mattewal hoped that the interface between judiciary and state government would prove to be an ideal platform and go a long way to strengthen the bonds of judiciary, legislature and executive.
Speaking on the occasion, President Punjab & Haryana Bar Association Dr. Anmol Rattan Sidhu thanked Mr. Badal and Chief Justice for initiating welfare measures for the lawyers and assured of fulsome support and cooperation for upholding the highest standards of judiciary in the quick dispensation of justice especially to the poor and needy.
The function was attended by the Hon’ble Judges of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, former Judges, members of the Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association & bar council and lawyers.