Cen­tre em­pow­ers LGS, ad­min­is­tra­tors to set up spe­cial courts

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NEW DELHI: Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nors (LGS) and ad­min­is­tra­tors of Union ter­ri­to­ries have been em­pow­ered by the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to des­ig­nate civil courts as spe­cial courts to ad­ju­di­cate con­tracts re­lat­ing to in­fra­struc­ture projects. The Union Home Min­istry passed an or­der to this ef­fect on Mon­day.

"In pur­suance of the pow­ers con­ferred un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Pres­i­dent hereby directs that the Ad­min­is­tra­tors of Union ter­ri­to­ries (whether known as Ad­min­is­tra­tor or Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor) shall, sub­ject to the con­trol of the Pres­i­dent also ex­er­cise the pow­ers and func­tions of the state gov­ern­ment un­der sec­tion 20B of the Spe­cific Re­lief Act, 1963 (47 of 1963) in re­spect of their re­spec­tive Union ter­ri­to­ries," the or­der said.

Un­der Sec­tion 20B of the Spe­cific Re­lief Act, 1963 (47 of 1963), the state gov­ern­ment, in con­sul­ta­tion with the chief jus­tice of the high court, can des­ig­nate one or more civil courts as spe­cial courts within the lo­cal lim­its of the area to ex­er­cise ju­ris­dic­tion and to try a suit un­der this Act in re­spect of con­tracts re­lat­ing to in­fra­struc­ture projects.

A home min­istry of­fi­cial said the de­ci­sion comes against the back­ground of large pen­dency of cases re­lat­ing to in­fra­struc­ture projects in some of the Union ter­ri­to­ries. Delhi, Chandi­garh, Puducherry, An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands, Lak­shad­weep, Da­man and Diu, and Dadra and Na­gar Haveli have ei­ther LGS or Ad­min­is­tra­tors. Delhi and Puducherry have gov­ern­ments with leg­isla­tive as­sem­blies.

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