LAMKA, October 29: With the opening of this court complex, the people of Churachandpur will have justice at their doorstep, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said while inaugurating the District and Session Court, Churachandpur complex at Tuibuang today.
During the inaugural function, the Chief Minister was accompanied by the chief justice of the Manipur High Court, justice LK Mohapatra, Health minister Phungzathang Tonsing, Works minister Dr Kh Ratankumar Singh, justice N Kotiswar Singh of the Manipur High Court, among others.
Elaborating on the three pillars of democracy, Ibobi said there are three branches of government, namely, the legislature which makes the laws, the executive which executes the laws and the judiciary which interpret and monitor the laws.
He said the legislature, executive and the judiciary should work in tandem in a democracy.
People should also understand and be aware that everyone including the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister are all equal in the eyes of the law.
He further appealed to the public to cooperate with the government in upkeeping the rule of law and desist from creating any disturbances during law enforcing exercises of the government.
Ibobi further assured the people of the district that his government will soon renovate the district jail for re-opening.
Justice LK Mohapatra expressing gratitude to the State government for providing the needed infrastructure for the opening of the court also exuded hope of having a session court in all districts.
He said opening of such courts in all districts will save the unnecessary expenses of the people in going to Imphal for justice.
In the next few months, he said, hopefully more such occasions of inaugurating session courts will come up to celebrate.
The Manipur High Court chief justice also said that a lawyer should be able to maintain his dignity and make themselves worthy of the public’s trust in them.
Minister Phungzathang Tonsing also spoke on the occasion.
Justice N Koteshore Singh said the opening of the court in the districts is a big leap on the judiciary aspect of the State.
It is best for the already trained and competent judge to handle judicial matters he said, adding that allowing bureaucrats to handle cases is like allowing an untrained doctor to diagnose patients.
Meanwhile, Bar Association of Churachandpur representative T Albert in his welcome speech said their happiness knew no bounds on the opening of the court, but it would be absolute only if the authority made the newly establish court to function smoothly and provide adequate staff and infrastructure.