Despite the ultimatum given by the Supreme Court to commission the new CBI Special Court in Kochi before April 7, the Home Department is sitting on the PWD request seeking administrative sanction for granting fund to carry out construction work.
The building for the new CBI court has already been identified at Sadanam Road near South Railway Station.
According to officials with the PWD Department, it is the apathy of the Home Department that is delaying the work. If the work is not completed before April 7, it would be contempt of court.
“It will be hard for us to complete the work before deadline owing to apathy on the part of the Home Department. The building was identified two months ago and an agreement was signed with the owner of the building to lease a floor for setting up CBI Court. We conducted a survey and found that construction work worth `17 lakh have to be carried out along with electrification work worth `5 lakh. Though we had forwarded papers seeking administrative sanction to the Home Department almost a month ago, there has been no response from the department so far. It would impossible for us to complete the work before April 7 as it would take at least one month to complete the tender procedures itself,” the PWD official told ‘City Express’.
Even after a constant reminder, the government is yet to respond and the officials with the High Court said they would sent another reminder to the Home Department soon.
Meanwhile, the move to set up 16 new Magistrate courts in Ernakulam, including one exclusively for cheque-bouncing cases, are also delaying due to the apathy of the government.
The authorities have identified buildings for the majority of courts but the Home Department has not taken any measure to allot staff for the new Magistrate courts.
Meanwhile, new Magistrate courts would come at Mattanchery, Angamaly, North Paravoor, Chottanikkara, Kuruppampady, Piravom, Kuruppampady, Kalady, Kakkanad, Kalamassery, Njarakkal, Koothattukulam and Kothamangalam, and two each in Kochi.
The Central Government has decided to establish evening courts and temporary courts in the state as even 40 per cent of cases are not disposed in time.