INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED TO NIC. PUNE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT COURT WEBSITE OF DISTRICT BHANDARA.
Geographical location of the Judicial District, Bhandara is at 21º09'30” Latitude and 79º40'00” Longitude.
JUDICIAL HISTORY :
Bhandara District was a part of the erstwhile Central Province and Berar. Later on, it was a part of State of Madhya Pradesh till 31.10.1956.
From 1.11.1956 it was included in Bombay Bilingual State till 30.04.1960. From 1 st of April, 1960 the District was included in the State of Maharashtra.
An independent Judicial District was formed with effect from 1.4.1959. Before 1959 the Bhandara Judicial District was attached to the Nagpur Judicial District situated in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
IMPORTANT HISTORICAL CASES :
In a Sessions Trial No. 25/1950 ( State -v- Kashmirasingh s/o Jagatsingh and three others) under Sections 120-B, 364, and 302 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code, the then Additional Sessions Judge, Bhandara, Shri G.W. Chiplonkar convicted and sentenced accused Kashmirasingh and accused Gurubachansingh to death subject to confirmation by the High Court and ordered that they be hanged by their neck till they are dead for having brutally committed murder of a boy. Lateron, the then Hon'ble High Court of Judicature of Nagpur confirmed the death penalty on 8.6.1951. However, the Hon'ble Supreme Court in a Criminal Appeal No. 55/1951 dt. 4.3.1952 set aside the death sentence and confirmed the sentence of accused Kashmirasingh under Section 201 of the Indian Penal Code.
The second historical case is Sessions Trial No. 58/2001( State of Maharashtra -v- Shripati Shivram Gaikwad, a Police Naik). While on duty in uniform at village Keshori at police-out-post on the night of 18.2.2000 he indiscriminately opened fire with his 7.62 m.m. Self Loading Rifle and killed five persons on the spot while injured 12 others. The Additional Sessions Judge, Shri Pruthviraj Chavan convicted and
sentenced the accused to death for the offence punishable under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code by ordering that he be hanged by neck till he is dead. The Hon'ble High Court in the death confirming case converted the sentence of death into life imprisonment.
NUMBERS OF COURTS INCLUDING TALUKA COURTS:
At the District place apart from the Court of Principal District Judge, there is one Court of District Judge-1 and Ad hoc District Judge-1. There is one Court of Civil Judge, Senior Division as well as Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. Presently there are two courts of Civil Judge, Jr. Dn. & Judicial Magistrate, First Class. There are 8 Taluka Courts in this Judicial District. Shri M.B. Desai was the first District and Sessions Judge. Shri S.S. Buradkar is the present Principal District and Sessions Judge.
OTHER IMPORTANT RELEVANT INFORMATION:
The District has abundant natural resources viz. Nagzira Sanctuary situated in about 150 Sq. K.M. area wherein there are wild animals such as Leopards, tigers, bisons, deers, wild dogs,etc. This District has a rich Flora and Fauna. There is a Coal Mine, Sun Flag Steel Plant, Ashok Ley Land Factory and Ordnance Factory at Jawaharnagar. There is a famous temple of Goddess Durga at Korambi and a religious place known as Ambhora wherein there is a 'Pind' of Lord Shiva.