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Shift in J&Ok Excessive Courtroom causes uproar


In 2019, the Regulation, Parliamentary, and Justice Affairs of Jammu and Kashmir (J & Ok) proposed relocating the J & Ok Excessive Courtroom , Jammu bench, from its current advanced in Janipur to Raika. The order was additional forwarded to the Forest Division and the entire case was dominated beneath the provisions of the now-repealed J&Ok Forest Conservation Act.

Raika Forest is positioned contained in the Bahu Conservation Reserve on the outskirts of Jammu Metropolis, alongside the River Tawi. It’s lower than 4 kilometres away from the reserve is the Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary. Bahu Conservation Reserve was established in 1981 and covers an space of 19 sq. km.

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A number of activists had put forth their considerations relating to the shift of HC to a chosen forest space, indicating that such a shift would closely influence the lungs of Jammu and trigger irreparable injury to Jammu’s ecosystem.

Activists argued that felling down 38,000 bushes in Raika Forest would finally result in environmental destruction within the area and labelled this as an unfair determination.

Current Improvement

Because of public outrage, the implementation of the proposed shift was initially delayed. Nonetheless, the current flip of occasions prompt that the Excessive Courtroom Bench of the Excessive Courtroom of Jammu & Kashmir can be shifted from Janipur to Raika( a forest space ), whereas the opposite district or subordinate courts would stay on the identical location. 

Points with the proposed shift

Attorneys in Jammu have raised considerations over the shifting of the Excessive Courtroom alone, citing that it will negatively have an effect on 1000’s of attorneys practising within the mentioned courts.

In furtherance, the attorneys have additionally threatened to carry protests at Jantar Mantar, Delhi over the proposed change. Accordingly, a press be aware was issued by the Younger Attorneys Affiliation (YLA) Jammu on Monday condemning the proposed shift as a gross misuse of presidency assets.

The press launch highlighted the hardships that will be confronted not solely by the advocates but in addition by the litigants and most people, particularly the aged and feminine litigants.

Attorneys said that almost all of the members of the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Courtroom Bar Affiliation, Jammu, practise within the Excessive Courtroom, which is located in Janipur, in addition to the district or subordinate courts located close by.

Protest against the proposed location of High Court
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They additional identified that the present Excessive Courtroom had ample area for the extension of Courtroom premises to accommodate establishments and tribunals, together with the Particular Tribunal, Armed Forces Tribunal, Shopper Fee, and so forth.

The lawyer members of the Younger Attorneys Affiliation additional recounted that the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, had earlier assured that the mentioned premises of the Excessive Courtroom wouldn’t be shifted. 

Attorneys additional said that the lawyer’s fraternity practising on the J&Ok HC has unanimously determined to carry protests at Jantar Mantar, Delhi if their simply and real calls for weren’t addressed and acted upon, whereas Advocate HC Jalmaria had conveyed {that a} formal request had been despatched to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India looking for his intervention within the mentioned matter and additional cancelling the proposal. 


The proposed relocation of the Excessive Courtroom has far-reaching penalties, together with environmental and social instability, leading to widespread inconvenience to advocates, litigants, and the general public at massive.

Impact of relocation of High Court
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Furthermore, the proposed web site of the Excessive Courtroom is a chosen forest space, which might outcome within the felling of over 38 thousand bushes, disrupting the inexperienced cowl of Jammu and the environmental equilibrium of the place.

Thus, a choice needs to be made by contemplating the hardships confronted by the general public and the environmental influence.