Justice Wasim Sadiq Nargal inspects courts at Doda, Bhadarwah

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DODA: Justice Wasim Sadiq Nargal, Judge High Court of J & K and Ladakh and Administrative Judge for District Doda on Sunday inspected the courts of district Doda and distributed aid equipments like wheelchairs, crutches and hearing aids among specially abled persons of vulnerable and marginalized section of society. The aid was provided to the beneficiaries in collaboration with the District Social Welfare Department Doda.
Justice Nargal also planted medicinal/ornamental plants in the premises of district court complex Doda and presented Rs 25 lakh cheques to eight claimants of accidental claim.
Interacting with Judicial Officers of the district, Justice Nargal highlighted the role of District level Judiciary. “Since District judiciary is the first point of interface with public/ litigants, therefore its conduct and the efficiency is the reflection of efficacy of the institution as a whole in the estimation of general public”, he said, adding, “Not only the issuance of timely orders to the litigants is needed, but they also need to be heard, not mechanically, but comprehensively.” Justice Nargal also counselled the judges to be respectful, patient, dignified and courteous with all those with whom they come across in the course of official work.
Echoing the words of Chief Justice of India, Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud on use of technology, Justice Nargal said “We need to adapt to technology because technology is here to stay and it must be used for transformation and not automation.” Interacting with members of bar associations, both at Doda and Bhaderwah, Justice Nargal underscored the need of cordial relationship between the bench and Bar and said “Bench and Bar are two sides of same coin and whichever way you flip it, the fact remains that we must not allow avarices, aberrations etc of any kind to creep into that relationship whatever the motive or incentive for their voices might be.” Later, Justice Nargal had also meeting with District Administration attended by Deputy Commissioner Doda, Vishesh Paul Mahajan; Senior Superintendent of Police Doda, Abdul Qayoom, representatives of JKPCC, JK Housing Board, PWD/R&B Doda and Bhaderwah, Superintendent of District Jail Bhaderwah and other officers. Highlighting the importance of cohesive working between various stakeholders in justice delivery mechanism, Justice Nargal pointed out, ” district administration and police are amongst such stakeholders in justice delivery system who need to work cohesively and collectively alongside judiciary in order to achieve the goal of effective and impactful administration of justice to all, irrespective of people’s caste, creed, race, religion, language and gender” adding, “this is a pursuit which should continue to be pursued”. “Historical trajectory of a nation, Justice Nargal further said – is determined by the quality of its public institutions, which institutions and their members should prescribe to a higher norm, one of selfless service, flawless ethics and thorough professionalism, amongst other ideals and goals which make up that historical trajectory” Justice Nargal added further. Justice Nargal also emphasized on maintenance of digital records of court files/judicial proceedings. He further directed Principal District and Sessions Judge Bhaderwah and Additional D&SJ Doda to immediately have a joint meeting with officials of Fire & Emergency department and Power development department so that fire safety audits can be undertaken in order to put in place adequate measures to ensure that incidents of fire breaking do not take place in court buildings in future. Sunit Gupta, Principal D&SJ Bhaderwah delivered the welcome address while Amarjeet Langeh, Additional D&SJ Doda presented vote of thanks.

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