ISLAMABAD - A petition seeking shifting of district courts from F-8 Markaz to the judicial complex in sector G-10 currently being used by Islamabad High Court (IHC) has been filed in the IHC.
Talking to The Nation here on Friday, the petitioner former vice president of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) Chaudhary Muhammad Akram told that acting Chief Justice (CJ) IHC Justice Riaz Ahmad had reserved the decision on this petition, which would be announced after Eid.
Former IHCBA president told that he cited Secretary Ministry of Law, Secretary Interior, Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Registrar IHC, Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) and District and Sessions judge East & West Islamabad as respondents in his petition.
Akram prayed the court that the building of judicial complex which was originally constructed for the district courts and currently in the use of IHC, may be handed over to the district courts and IHC may be shifted to some other appropriate place.
He stated in the petition that the IHC was occupying the building of judicial complex despite the fact that the strength of the lower judiciary had increased.
The petitioner maintained that there is no security arrangements at the place where district courts are currently functioning. He feared that in the current deteriorating law and order situation of the country, any untoward incident could be happened in the premises.
He contended that the IHC is housed in the district courts complex since its building is yet to be constructed while judges, lawyers and litigants were facing immense problems in district courts of F-8 Markaz due to overcrowding.
In his arguments, Chaudhary Akram also mentioned the recent row between lawyers and judges over the construction of illegal chambers. He was of the view that the issue could be resolved if the district courts were shifted.