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Centre empowers LGs, Administrators to set up special courts

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

governors (LGs) and administrators of Union territories have been empowered by the central to designate civil courts as special courts to adjudicate contracts relating to infrastructure projects.

The passed an order to this effect on Monday.

"In pursuance of the powers conferred under the Constitution, the hereby directs that the Administrators of Union territories (whether known as or Governor) shall, subject to the control of the also exercise the powers and functions of the state 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 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 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 have either LGs or Administrators.

and have governments with legislative assemblies.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 15:10 IST