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District Court Of India

Balaghat

HISTORY

 

 Balaghat District is located in the southern part of Jabalpur Division. It occupies the south eastern portion of the Satpura Range and the upper valley of the Wainganga River. The total area of the district is 9,245 km. Balaghat District is bounded by Mandla District of Madhya Pradesh to the north, Dindori District to the northwest, Rajnandgaon District of Chhatisgarh state to the east, Gondia and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra state to the south, and Seoni District of Madhya Pradesh to the west. The Wainganga and its tributaries are the most important rivers in the district.

Balaghat District was constituted during the year 1867 by amalgamation of parts of the Bhandara, Mandla and Seoni districts. In 1956 it is declared as Independent district. The headquarters of the district was originally called "Burha" or "Boora". Later, however, this name fell into disuse and was replaced by "Balaghat", which was originally the name of the district only. Balaghat means "above the ghats or passes". Administratively the district is divided into 6 tehsils viz. Balaghat, Waraseoni, Baihar, Lanji, Katangi & Kirnapur.

Balaghat as a Judicial district came into existence on 14th November 1969 by the separation of Seoni Judicial District. Earlier the district was governed from Chhindwara alongwith Seoni and a link Court was being conducted from Seoni.

The main building of the District Court is situated in mid of the city and was built in British time in 1874, which is also declared as Heritage Building, which was renovated in the year 2016 as per the directions of Hon'ble High court of MP. To the North of this building there is Old Collectorate, to the South Sub Jail is located while Bus Stand is at the West and Jilha Panchayat & Civil Line Area are at the Eastern side.

In view of the increased litigations the lack of space was felt, which resulting expansion inside the District Court premises and a new building was constructed at the North side of the old/heritage building. The foundation stone was laid down on 22nd July 1989 (Saturday, Ashad 31, Shak Samvat 1911) in the auspicious presence of Honourable the Justice Shri Vipin Chandra Verma, High Court of M.P., Jabalpur in the presence of Shri Kaushal Kishor Verma, the then District & Sessions Judge. In 1992 the building was completed. The inauguration ceremony was held on 18th November 1992 in the eminence presence of Honourable Justice Shri M.V. Tamaskar, High Court of M.P., Jabalpur in the presence of Shri Vimal Kumar Choudhary the then District & Sessions Judge, Balaghat.

In Balaghat District there are 6 revenue tehsils, out of which Civil Courts have been functioning in 4 tehsils excluding Balaghat these tehsils are Waraseoni (started in 1971), Baihar (started in 1971), & Katangi (Inaugurated on 23rd February 2008). Before 1996 a Link court of Addl. Distt. & Sessions Judge for Waraseoni was in function but on 6th January 1996 the Court of I Addl. Distt. & Sessions Judge and on 16th December 1997 the Court of II Addl. Distt. & Sessions Judge were established. Recently by the notification of the M.P. Government dated 18th November 2016 Tehsil Lanji is also established as Tehsil Civil Court.

The cases disposed off between the years 1935 to 1940 and received from Chhindwara as well as cases disposed off between the years 1940 to 1969 and received from Seoni are preserved in the Record Room of Balaghat District.

In 1969 when Balaghat District came into existence as Separate Judicial District, the first District & Sessions Judge was Shri S.N. Johri and therafter 27 officers were posted on this post, whose name & their tenure are as under-

Sr.No.

Name of the District & Sessions Judge

Tenure

1

Shri S.N. Johri

14-11-1969 to 15-06-1970

2

Shri S.N. Awasthi

15-06-1970 to 11-12-1972

3

Shri M.S. Qureshi (Acting)

11-12-1972 to 29-01-1973

4

Shri B.B.L. Agarwal

29-01-1973 to 12-06-1976

5

Shri S.P. Khare

14-06-1976 to 14-06-1978

6

Shri D.R. Pundlik

19-06-1978 to 18-06-1979

7

Shri A.H.H. Abidi

18-06-1979 to 14-06-1983

8

Shri J.A. Khare

14-06-1983 to 25-07-1985

9

Shri L.N. Tiwari (Acting)

26-07-1985 to 07-11-1985

10

Shri K.K. Verma

08-11-1985 to 08-06-1990

11

Shri D.P. Shukla

16-06-1990 to 03-09-1991

12

Shri V.K. Choudhary

09-11-1991 to 16-06-1995

13

Ku. R.B. Jamal (Acting)

21-06-1995 to 05-08-1995

14

Shri R.G. Agarwal

07-08-1995 to 04-06-1998

15

Shri A.K. Tiwari

08-06-1998 to 01-12-1999

16

Shri B.D. Rathi (Acting)

02-12-1999 to 27-07-2000

17

Shri N.S. Rajput

07-08-2000 to 29-01-2001

18

Shri A.S. Naidu

01-02-2001 to 31-03-2001

19

Shri N.A. Khan

17-04-2001 to 29-06-2004

20

Shri K.C. Garg

01-07-2004 to 30-04-2005

21

Shri D.S. Malviya

09-05-2005 to 31-07-2006

22

Shri Praveen Shah

31-07-2006 to 02-06-2009

23

Shri B.S. Parmar

15-06-2009 to 29-05-2010

24

Shri Anurag Shrivastava

21-06-2010 to 26-03-2012

25

Shri A.J. Khan

01-04-2012 to 19-03-2014

26

Shri Anurag Shrivastava

01-04-2014 to 05-04-2016

27

Shri Deepak Kumar Agarwal

13-04-2016 to

 

At present the strength of Judges in the District is as under :-

Sr.

No.

Headquarter

District & Sessions Judge

Spl.Jugde

(Atro.)

Addl.Distt.& Sessions Judge

Civil Judge Class-1

Civil Judge Class-2

Sanct-ioned

Work-ing

Sanct-ioned

Work-ing

Sanct-ioned

Work-ing

Sanct-ioned

Work-ing

Sanct-ioned

Work-ing

1

Balaghat

(Distt.HQ)

1

1

1

1

2

1

3

4

8

2

2

Waraseoni

(Tehsil)

-

-

-

-

2

2

2

2

3

-

3

Baihar

(Tehsil)

-

-

-

-

1

-*

2

1

1

1

4

Katangi

(Tehsil)

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

1

1

5

Lanji

(Tehsil)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

 

*NOTE:- A link Court of Addl.District & Sessions Judge at Baihar is started on 05th December 2016.

 

There are so many personalities of this distirct who made a rich history and have achieved dignified positions in the Indian Judiciary. Honourable Shri Shantilal Kocher, native of Balaghat city, have adorned as Justice at the High Court of M.P. bench Indore. Honourable Shri S.P. Khare, Honourable Shri N.G.Karambelkar, Honourable Smt.Manjusha Namjoshi, Honourable Shri S.A.Naqvi, Honourable Shri B.D.Rathi & were posted previously in this establishment also elevated as Justice in the High Court of M.P. Recently in 2016 Honourable Shri Anurag Shrivastava, the than District & Sessions Judge of Balaghat has been elevated as High Court Judge at Main Bench Jabalpur. Honourable Shri K.N.Shukla who was the member of Bar Association of Balaghat also embellished as Justice in State High Court. Shri R.K. Mishra & Shri Sharad Shrivastava, who are the native of this town and practiced here, were posted as Registrar General of High Court of M.P. Shri Sharad Shrivastava was also then deputed as Vice-chairman of Arbitration Tribunal of M.P. similarly Shri Pravin Shah who served as Distirct & Sessions Judge in this District served as Judicial Member of State Commercial Tax Board of M.P. at Indore Bench. Apart from these personalities, there are so many Judges who are serving in Higher & sub-ordinate Judicial Services.