New Delhi: The Central Government empowered Lieutenant governors (LGs) and administrators of Union territories to designate civil courts as special courts to adjudicate contracts relating to infrastructure projects. On Monday, The Union Ministry passed an order to this effect.

According to the Order it mention “ In pursuance of the power conferred under the Constitution, the President hereby directs that the Administrators of Union territories ( Whether known as Administrator or Lieutenant Governor) shall, subject to the control of the President also exercise the powers and functions of the state government under section 20B of the Specific Relief Act, 1963 (47 of 1963) in respect of their respective Union territories”

In Consultation with the Chief justice of the high court, Under section 20B of the Specific Relief Act, 1963 (47 of 1963), the state government 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.

“The decision comes against the background to large pendency of cases relating to infrastructure projects in some of the Union Territories,” said a Home Ministry Official.

Delhi, Chandigarh, Puducherry, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli have either LGs or Administrators.

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