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Bombay HC seeks action on providing additional area for co-op courts

The Bombay High Court has directed Maharashtra Government to spell out the steps it proposes to take to hand over additional area required for co-operative courts in the city.

The division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi on October 27 heard a bunch of public interest litigations highlighting the lack of infrastructure and facilities in the co-operative court and consumer courts.

Government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani had earlier informed the court that the government proposes to call a meeting of the officials of co-operative court. Vagyani had also said that additional area for the court will be provided in the Old Customs House in south Mumbai or elsewhere.

In an order on October 27, the bench noted that despite several opportunities, the government had not taken any decision.

“The state government shall within one week inform this court about the steps which they are taking to hand over additional area… Either in the premises available from the Old Customs House building or any other premises which are vacant and unused and in possession of the state,” it said.

It directed the government to file a compliance report on November 29.