NEW DELHI: To realize the ideal of ‘justice at doorstep’, the city will now be divided into 11 districts for judicial and administrative work. The Delhi government has decided “in-principle” to carve out 11 sessions and revenue districts in the courts from the existing nine, so that people are able to get speedy justice and effective administration.
At present, the capital is divided into nine districts – Central, North, South, East, Northeast, Southwest, New Delhi, Northwest and West Delhi. After re-working on the boundaries, the 11 new judicial and revenue districts are: Central, East, West, North, South, Najafgarh, Saraswati Vihar, Kalkaji, Preet Vihar, Seelampur and New Delhi.
This means that now there will be a chief metropolitan magistrate and an additional chief metropolitan magistrate each in the courts for the 11 districts, and the work of the sessions courts will also be divided district-wise. In the revenue department, the work will be decentralized with 11 newly created districts, each having its own district magistrate.
“Keeping in view the recommendations of the committee and uneven population in the nine districts, it became imminent to amend the boundaries of nine districts and develop them into 11 revenue & sessions districts,” stated the government official.
This comes after the law department of the Delhi government sent a proposal to the government for enabling the division of the capital into 11 districts so that the work of the judiciary and the revenue department gets divided according to their respective areas.
The committee, comprising additional secretary (law and justice) Tarun Sehrawat, additional secretary (home) Ajay Chagti and the then deputy commissioner (northwest) Amit Singla, also proposed that there should be uniformity in the administrative district boundaries, judicial, civil, sessions and the police boundaries for the convenience of the general public.
While re-dividing the districts, the committee noted that the population of the capital was over 1.6 crore and re-ordering of the districts was required to provide speedy justice.
At present, the work of the trial courts has been divided into nine districts for the civil cases. For criminal jurisdiction, however, there is only one chief metropolitan magistrate. In the revenue department, the present setup of nine districts along with 27 sub-divisions has been in existence since 1997 when a division commissioner remained as the lone district magistrate for the entire capital as far as the discharge of magisterial work was concerned.