Jammu, May 5: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday held that there are no reasons for enabling and supporting considerations of administrative efficiency, legal justification or Constitutional basis for effecting the Darbar moves.
Enumerating a number of reasons against the move, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Gitta Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal, directed the Constitutional authorities to take the final call. ‘Darbar Move’ is a 148-year-old practice where the Jammu and Kashmir government functions for six months each in the two capitals, Srinagar and Jammu.
They asked whether any Government can afford the annual expenditure of at least Rs 200 crore (as disclosed and many more hundreds of crores of rupees of undisclosed costs) to sustain and perpetuate an arrangement of bi-annual shifting of its capital twice a year. This originated in 1872 from the discomfort of the then Ruler of Jammu and Kashmir with the harshness of the winter in Kashmir.
More so, is this acceptable in a hopelessly fiscally deprived UT with severe underdevelopment and people deprived of bare basics which are essential part of their fundamental right of life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, the bench asked of India.(UNI)