ISLAMABAD  – The finance ministry approved a budget of Rs 212 million for two session divisions of lower judiciary of the federal capital for the fiscal year of 2012-13 against original demand made by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) administration amounting to Rs 468 million, APP has learnt reliably.

A source in the IHC informed this agency that the court, however, has forwarded a summary of an additional grant Rs 160 million for improving infrastructure of the lower judiciary citing the reasons that the allocated amount was not enough to meet expenses.

According to him, the administration of the court had sent a demand of Rs 226 million to meet the salaries and other expenditures for the district court East and its civil courts for year 2012-13. Out of the Rs 226 million, the source added, Rs 112 million had been demanded for district court east while Rs 114 million was sought for its civil courts, he added.  

Moreover, Rs 242 million were demanded for district courts west and its lower courts. Out of the total amount, Rs 154 million were demanded for district court west while Rs 88 million were sought for its lower courts, source maintained.   

However, the finance ministry granted only 48 percent of the demanded amount.

In the next fiscal year, the IHC administration will induct more judges for the sessions divisions ‘east’ and ‘west’ and for the proposed 11 special courts-labour, banking, special judge central, special judge customs, accountability courts, environment protection tribunals, anti-terrorism, control of narcotics substance, consumer and drug courts, he added.

The IHC administration through a notification on May 13, 2011, had increased the strength of the judges of its subordinate judiciary but could not appoint the judges because the finance ministry did not release the additional budget.