Nuklutoshi asks Court Commissioner to start works to “protect the rule of law and in the interest of justice”

NEW DELHI, May 19 (NEPS): Nagaland Minister for National Highways and Mechanical Nuklutoshi has formally opened the Court Commissioner Office of Justice RB Mishra, Rtd Judge, at New Delhi today.

According to a release issued today, it said in compliance to Judgement and Order passed on October 13, 2015 by the Gauhati High Court, Gauhati in PIL No 7/2013 filed by the publics of five districts against the ongoing Project for “Construction of two laning roads from (i) Mon-Tamlu-Merangkong, (ii) Longleng-Changtongya, (iii) Phek-Pfutsero, and (iv) Chakhabama-Zunheboto under (SARDP-NE), Justice RB Mishra, Rtd Judge was appointed as Court Commissioner by the Court to “oversee the execution of contract works, to ensure transparency, to instruct the respondents, i.e., MoRTH, PWD(NH), Nagaland and the Contractors (JV) M/S IL&FS (earlier Maytas) – Gayatris (JV) and to complete the work within the stipulated time of eighteen months.

Opening the Court Commissioner Office, Nuklutoshi said that even though the Court had directed the respondents to restart the work, to release of the pending bills and to sanction the Project could not be done till date due to “technical problems.”

He said as the project covers five districts and also the lifeline of the general public and had been almost abandoned for more than three years owing to none finalization of Revised Estimate (RE), the PIL petitioners, Hohos, local contractors, student unions, etc. had started to agitate by blocking the roads and by giving ultimatum to the respondents. And because of this, developmental works sanctioned in the interest of the public developments was becoming a “liability with vital consequences” rather than a blessing for the State of Nagaland, he regretted.

The Minister further requested the Court Commissioner to start his works by issuing notices to the respondents including the State in order to “protect the rule of law and in the interest of justice.”

Justice RB Mishra, Court Commissioner, also spoke on the occasion. He assured that as the Court Order was purely passed in the interest of the Justice, he would immediately take charge and make sure that the directive of the Court was compiled after considering the action taken reports of the respondents after passing the Judgment and Order.

Temsu Soya, Legal Officer (Nodal) of Works & Housing Department, VN Narayanan, Assistant Resident commissioner to the Government of Nagaland, Nagaland House, New Delhi and officers of PWD (NH) were among others who attended the opening of the Court Commissioner office.

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