GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - Gauhati High Court � History & Heritage, a book written by eminent author Arup Kumar Dutta chronicling the past and present of the judicial institution was launched here today.
Established as the High Court of Assam in 1948 and later christened as the Gauhati High Court, the judicial institution occupied a unique position of being a common high court of seven states of Northeast India, from 1987 till the date of functioning of separate high courts in Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura.
Speaking as the chief guest on the occasion, Justice Ranjan Gogoi of Supreme Court of India commended Dutta for successfully recording and presenting the extraordinary mosaic of the judicial history of the Northeast, and the Gauhati High Court�s area of function, which has enormous variations.
�India is a diverse nation and this region represents this diversity at its best. Which other high court has the glory of administering justice in seven states, which are so different from each other,� he stated.
�In the moments of challenge like the Emergency, this institution stood firm, which I count as a true strength of any institution. With the number of pending cases being among the lowest in the country, the institution also has the right kind of dedication, leadership and teamwork,� he added.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was present as the guest of honour, remembered the contributions of the stalwarts associated with the history of the Gauhati High Court.
�In the 21st century, this high court has been a glaring example of efficiency, keeping intact its heritage and integrity. With its remarkable and efficient justice delivery in cases related to corruption, social welfare, crime against women and all other cases, it has reaffirmed the faith of the common people in the judicial system,� Sonowal said.
Sonowal further announced that the State government would take initiative in making the book available in all the libraries at the district level, besides making it accessible to the students.
Sharing his experience, the author, Arup Kumar Dutta said that he took up the project because of his deep faith in the judiciary.
�It is by no means an academic exercise. Rather it�s an effort to bridge the gap between the common citizens and the judiciary,� he said, while briefly mentioning the contents of the book.
Dutta, however, suggested that a cheaper and reader-friendly edition of the book must be brought out to make it more accessible to the commoners.
Supreme Court judges � Justices Sharad Arvind Bobde and AM Sapre, Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajit Singh, Kerala High Court Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy, former apex court judges Justice MK Sarma and Justice Amitava Roy, besides Dr Sadhana Rout, DG, Publication Wing, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and AC Buragohain, president of the Gauhati High Court Bar Association, also spoke on the occasion.