HC notice to State, Centre on courts security

The High Court has issued notice to the State Home department and the Union Home Ministry in connection with a petition seeking security to the Civil Court complex in the City.

 

The petitioners, Five Year Law Course Advocates’ Association (FYLCAA) had moved the High Court seeking protection to the Civil Court Complex stating that the court premises was vulnerable to untoward incidents, but the State government has not taken any initiative to step up the security.

The petitioner, FYLCAA president, S Umesh, in his submission, has said that the City Civil Court Complex houses over 100 court halls. 

Apart from it, it has banks, canteens and roadside shops. The premises is used as parking space by businessmen from KG Road, Avenue Road and surrounding areas.

To control the surging crowd, the association has suggested to issue identity card to employees of the court and a dress code for advocates. 

Besides, the association has suggested smart cards for advocates, restriction on vehicles entering the complex and premises free of street vendors. The association has also sought screening of bags and baggages that are brought into the court and installation of CCTVs in the court halls and outside. It has also sought directions to step up round-the-clock vigil at lower courts.

The Division Bench comprising Justice K L Manjunath and Justice Govindarajulu issued the notices to the Centre and State.

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