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CITY SESSIONS COURT, CALCUTTA

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1.    Name of the District:         SESSIONS DIVISION OF CALCUTTA DISTRICT

2.    Names of sub-divisions including Sadar:     It is a Metropolitan City without any sub-division.

3.    Area in Sq. KM of the district as a whole and its different sub-divisions:   Total Area - 1480 Sq. KM

4.    Population (total as well as Sub-Divisions):    Total Population (Calcutta Sadar)- 45,80,544

5.    Literacy rate of males & females (total as well as sub-division-wise):

Male

Female

Total

Literacy Rate

87%

76%

81.31%

 

7.    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

    The name of the city of Calcutta is associated with the evolution of Justice delivery system in the country. Transformation of the British Mercantile Company (East India Company) into spectra of the British Raj. The Sadar Dewani Adalat and Sadat Nijamat Adalat were located in Ford Street when the Chief Justice of this Court's used to live in a house in the center of Museum Compound. Subsequently, the Sadar Courts were shifted to a Fine Pile with Colonnaded for Frontage and of great length, next to the Presidency General Hospital. This Presidency General Hospital was build as a Hospital for the sick of the Regiment in the Fort, and was most admirably planned for the purpose; but, no sooner than it was completed, Lord William Bentinck appropriated it for the Sadar Court.

    The Sadar Courts were replaced by Mayor's Courts. The first Mayor's Court was established in the Presidency Town of Calcutta in 1728 and it started functioning at the Ambassador House belonging to the East India Company and stood at the corner of Lalbazar and Mission Row. The site of which presently occupied by Martin Burn and Company's Building. Then the Mayor's Court moved to the premises of Charity School in 1732. This two storied building occupied the site of St. Andrew's Church by the side of the present Writers' Buildings. This building also served as the Town Hall of Calcutta. Subsequently, Mayor's Court was abolished and the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William wass established on 26th MArch, 1774 in pursuance of the Regulatng Act of 1773. The Mayor's Court at Calcutta transferred all proceedings, pending before it, to the Supreme Court of Judicature. Just as the High Court arose from the asses of the Supreme Court of judicature at Calcutta, so did the new edifice for the Calcutta High Court. Present High Court's building occupied the side of the Old Supreme Court house, which stood upon the West portion only, in addition to the sides of the three other houses of Longueville Clerk, William Macpherson and Sir William Colville. Foundation stone of the building of the Calcutta High Court was laid in 1864 and completed in May 1872. It was designed by Walter Granville, Government Architect, It was a replica of the Town Hall of Ybres with such modification as were necessary to adopt it to the purpose for which it was copied. It was in the best gothic style of architecture, and was faced with stone. The lower story of the south front had a grand colonnade, the capitals of the pillars were of caen-stone, beautifully cultured, each one being of a different design. The centenary building of the High Court was inaugurated on 2nd April, 1977. The High Court buildings, Metropolitan Buildings are considred to be the heritage buildings of the city.

6.    Police Stations (total as well as sub-division-wise ):         Total No. of Police Stations - 20

  1. Shyampukur P.S.

  2. Jorabagan P.S.

  3. Burtolla P.S.

  4. Burrabazar P.S.

  5. Posta P.S.

  6. Jorasanko P.S.

  7. Girish Park P.S.

  8. Amherst Street P.S.

  9. Hare Street P.S.

  10. Bowbazar P.S.

  11. Muchipara P.S.

  12. Taltala P.S.

  13. New Market P.S.

  14. Park Street P.S.

  15. Shakespeare Sarani P.S.

  16. Hastings P.S.

  17. Maidan P.S.

  18. North Port P.S.

  19. South Post P.S.

  20. West Port P.S.

8.    The Distance of any of its sub-divisions from Kolkata and mode of transport / communication from Kolkata:

                                                            Not applicable since it is the Capital

 

 

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District Court Details

9.    Number of Courts (total as well as Sub-divisions-wise):         Total No. of Courts - 38

10. Names of the Judicial Officers and their respective dates of posting in that particular station and if any court

          is vacant, against it (Vacant to be written AS ON 31.03.2011)

 

Sl. No. Name of the Judicial Officer Designation Date of Posting  /  If vacant "Vacant since"
1 Diapk Saha Ray Chief Judge, City Sessions Court, Calcutta 19.04.2010
2 Uday Chandra Nag Sessions Judge, City Sessions Court, Calcutta 16.04.2010
3 Vacant Judge 1st Special Court (E.C. Act) and Electricity Act, Calcutta Vacant since 02.01.2010
4 Sankar Nath Das Judge, Specia C.B.I. Court, Calcutta 07.01.2011
5 Vacant Judge Special 2nd Court, Calcutta Vacant since 01.12.20106
6 Smt. Chandralekha Mukherjee (Nee Vora) Judge 3rd Special Court, C.B.I. Degisnated, Calcutta 11.02.2010
7 Vacant Judge Special 4th Court, Calcutta Vacant since 01.04.2008
8 Smt. Asha Arora Judge Special 5th Court, Calcutta  
9 Shri Tapan Maiti A.D.J., Fast Track 1st Court, Calcutta 05.08.2009
10 Shri Abani Kanta Laha A.D.J., Fast Track 2nd Court, Calcutta 30.01.2010
11 Shri Rabindra Nath Malik A.D.J., Fast Track 3rd Court, Calcutta 28.01.2008
12 Shri Subhabrata Choudhury A.D.J., Fast Track 4th Court, Calcutta 12.05.2010
13 Vacant A.D.J., Fast Track 5th Court, Calcutta Vacant since 31.10.2009
14 Shri Tapan Kumar Sinha A.D.J., Fast Track 6th Court, Calcutta Vacant since 31.10.2009
15 Shri Sukhendu Das A.D.J., Fast Track 7th Court, Calcutta 19.05.2010
16 Shri Debasish Bandhapadhyay A.D.J., Fast Track 8th Court, Calcutta 07.05.2010
17 Shri Amit Chattopadhyay A.D.J., Fast Track 9th Court, Calcutta 28.01.2008
18 Shri Rabi Ranjan Chakraborty Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 14.02.2011
19 Smt. Ashima Pal Additional Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 14.02.2011
20 Shri Satya Arnab Ghoshal 3rd Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 11.03.2011
21 Shri Somnath Bhattacharyya 4th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 01.08.2009
22 Shri Indiwar Tripathi 5th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 01.08.2009
23 Shri Madan Mohan Mishra 6th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 01.08.2009
24 Shri Suresh Singh 7th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 27.07.2009
25 Shri Debanjan Ghosh 8th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 17.04.2008
26 Shri Debabrata Kundu 9th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 28.07.2009
27 Smt. Moumita Bhattacharjee 10th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 15.03.2011
28 Shri Gurudas Biswas 11th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 01.08.2009
29 Smt. Nilanjana Chatterjee 12th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 15.03.2011
30 Shri Sujit Kumar Jha 13th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 01.08.2009
31 Vacant 14th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta Vacant since 02.02.2011
32 Shri Asis Kumar Mukherjee 15th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 01.08.2009
33 Shri Amitava Mandal 16th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 23.07.2009
34 Shri Deb Kumar Goswami 17th Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta 09.03.2011
35 Smt. Ali Biswas (Sarkar) Senior M.M., Calcutta 30.07.2009
36 Shri Surajit Seal Municipal Magistrate 2nd Court, Calcutta 31.07.2009
37 Smt. Papiya Das Municipal Magistrate 3rd Court, Calcutta 07.08.2009
38 Vacant Municipal Magistrate 4th Court, Calcutta Vacant since 05.02.2011

 

11. Particulars about the court building:

   

There are three (3) buildings in the Bankshall Court Complex. Two buildings are very old having heritage. In between the said two buildings a new multistoried building was constructed. It is known as Bichar Bhawan. The Courts of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate and 15 Metropolitan Magistrates are functioning in the said two old buildings which are situated at 2&3, Bankshall Street, Calcutta. The Court of the Chief Judge, City Sessions Court; Sessions Judge (NDPS Act), City Sessions Court, Calcutta; Special (CBI) Court and Nine (9) Fast Track Courts, Calcutta are functioning at 2&3, Bankshall Street, Calcutta. The buildings situated at 2&3, Bankshall Street where the Bankshall Courts are functioning, were inaugurated in the year 1915. The Fast Track Courts, Calcutta started functioning at Bichar Bhawan on and from 15.03.2003 and after bifurcation of City Civil & Sessions Court, Calcutta, City Sessions Court Court started functioning at Bichar Bhawan on and from 11.08.2005.

A proposal has already been made to the Principal Secretary to the Government of West Bengal, Judicial Department, Calcutta vide this office letter No. 2316-S dated 14.09.2010 for raising additional one storey on the existing building of Bichar Bhawan by way of vertical extension so that four Courts of Municipal Magistrates including one Court of Senior Municipal Magistrate, Calcutta, now located in a rented accommodation on the 5tn floor of HUDCO Building, 15N, Nellie Sengupta Sarani, Calcutta - 87 can be brought to Bichar Bhawan in the Bankshall Court Complex. The matter has also been intimated to the Registrar General, Member Secretary, State Monitoring Commitee, High Court, Calcutta under this office letter No. 2745-S dated 23.11.2010.

It has been ascertained from PWD (Civil) that Rs. 1.6 crores (approximate) is required for raising such additional one storey on the existing building by way of vertical extension of Bichar Bhawan.

Four Courts of the Municipal Magistrate including the Court of Senior Municipal Magistrate are now functioning in a rented accommodation situated on the 5th floor of HUDCO Building at 15N, Nellie Sengupta Sarani, Calcutta - 87.

 

 

12. Names of different Offices of the Court housed in that court building:

 

Name of the Court Names of Offices

City Sessions Court, Bichar Bhawan, Calcutta

 

Address: 2&3 Bankshall St., Calcutta - 700 071

  1. Office Room

  2. Copying Section

  3. Accounts Section

  4. Nezarath Department

  5. Forms & Stationery Section

  6. Police Lockups

Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Calcutta

 

Address: 2 Bankshall St., Calcutta - 700 071

  1. Record Room

  2. Copying Section

  3. Accounts Section

  4. Computer Section

  5. Affidavit cum Library cum Stationer Section

  6. Cash Department

  7. G.R. North

  8. G.R. South

  9. Courts' Employees Co-operative Society

  10. Lock-up Office, North

  11. Lock-up Office, South

  12. English Department

  13. Female Lockup

  14. Forms Section

Municipal Magistrate Court, Calcutta

 

  1. English Department

  2. Copying Section

  3. Accounts Section

  4. Nezarath Department

  5. Record Section

 

 

13. Particulars about accommodation for the Judicial Officers:

 

There are no quarters / residential accommodation for the Judicial Officers posted in this Judgeship. No proposal was ever made for construction of judicial quarters for the officers of this Judgeship till this date. The Judicial Officers posted here having no residence of their own, used to be accommodated in the Government Housing Complex. No Judicial Officer posted here has ever expressed any difficulty with regard to his residential accommodation.

It is further stated that in the Sessions Division of Calcutta District, 31 officers are now posted. Of them 5 officers are occupying flat in the Govt. Housing Estate, 13 officers are residing in their own houses and 13 officers are residing in private rental accommodation and 7 Courts are now lying vacant.

 

 

14. Sanctioned strength and number of vacant posts of different categories of staff

 

Sl. No. Name of the Post Sanctioned Posts Posts Vacant
1

Ministerial Staff , City Sessions Court, Calcutta

6 4
2 Stenographers 2 --
3 Process Server 1 --
4

Ministerial Staff, Fast Track Court, Calcutta

9 --
5 Stenographers, Fast Track Court, Calcutta 9 --
6

Group-D, Fast Track Court, Calcutta

9 --
7

Judge 1st Special Court (E.C. Act), Calcutta

3 --
8

Judge 2nd Special Court (E.C. Act), Calcutta

3 3
9

Judge, Special C.B.I. Court, Calcutta

7 --
10

Judge, 3rd Special Court, CBI Designated, Calcutta

6 3
11

Judge Special 2nd  Court, Calcutta

6 2
12

Judge Special 4th Court, Calcutta

6 5
13

Judge Special 5th Court, Calcutta

6 2
14

Staff of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's  Court, Calcutta

154 47
15

Staff of  Municipal Magistrate Court, Calcutta

89 32

 

 

15. Pendency of cases (as on 31.03.2011)

 

Sl. No. Name of the Court Pendency of Cases
1 Chief Judge, City Sessions Court, Calcutta 325
2 Sessions Judge (NDPS Act), City Sessions Court, Calcutta 130
3 Special Court (CBI Cases), Bischar Bhawan, Calcutta 189
4 2nd Special Court (CBI Cases), Calcutta 5
5 3rd Special Court (CBI Cases), Calcutta 224
6 4th Special Court (CBI Cases), Calcutta 41
7 5th  Special Court (CBI Cases), Calcutta 15
8 1st Fast Track Court, Calcutta 43
9 2nd Fast Track Court, Calcutta 64
10 3rd Fast Track Court, Calcutta 59
11 4th Fast Track Court, Calcutta 60
12 5th Fast Track Court, Calcutta 27
13 6th Fast Track Court, Calcutta 60
14 7th Fast Track Court, Calcutta 63
15 8th Fast Track Court, Calcutta 54
16 9th Fast Track Court, Calcutta 42
17 Metropolitan Magistrates' Court, Calcutta 390645
18 Juvenile Justice Board, Calcutta 193
19 Municipal Magistrates' Court, Calcutta 2801
20 E.C. Act Court, Calcutta 107

 

 

16. Particulars about District Legal Services Authority:

 

The Chief Judge, City Civil Court is the Chairman of the Calcutta District Legal Services Authority and the Registrar of City

Civil Court is the Secretary of the Calcutta District Legal Services Authority.

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