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DARJEELING DISTRICT

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DISTRICT INFORMATION

1.  Name of the District:                           DARJEELING

2. Names of sub-divisions including Sadar :  

                    Sadar – Darjeeling

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

                    Area as a whole - 3139 KM

4. Population (total as well as Sub-Divisions):     Population as a whole - 1609172

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

 

Male

Female

 

District as a whole

81.28%

63.92%

 

Darjeeling

78.66%

66.27%

 

Kurseong

63.28%

61.47%

 

Kalimpong

65.37%

60.66%

 

Siliguri

80.56%

76.33%

 

6. Police Stations (total as well as sub-division-wise ):       Total Police Stations as whole - 17

 

7. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND :   

"Flowers are every where, the days are cold and sun almost seems to play hide and see with us." (TAGOR)

DARJEELING SADAR :

The name of Darjeeling came from the Tibetan Words Dorje-ling i.e., Dorje means, Thunderbolt and ling means Land, that means Land of Thunderbolt. In 1835 was annexed by the East India Co. , Prior to that , Darjeeling formed a part of Sikkim and for a brief period of Nepal.

Previously Darjeeling formed a part of dominions of the Raja of Sikkim, who has been engaged in an unsuccessful warfare against Gorkhas. From 1780 the Gorkhas made several attempts to capture the entire region of Darjeeling. By the beginning of 19th Century, they has overrun Sikkim as far eastward as the Teesta River and has conquered and annexed the Terai. In the mean time, the British were engaged in preventing the Gorkhas from overrunning the whole of the northern frontier . The Anglo-Nepal was broke out in 1814,Which resulted in the defeat of the Gorkhas and subsequently to the Sugauli Treaty in 1815. According to treaty, Nepal had to cede all those territories which the Gorkhas and annexed from the Raja of Sikkim to the British East India Co. Later in 1817, through the Treaty of Titalia, the British East India Company reinstated the Raja of Sikkim (who was driven out), restored all the tracts of land between the Meechi River on the west and teesta River to the Raja of Sikkim and guaranteed his sovereignty. The Controversy did not end there. Later, in 1835, the hill of Darjeeling an enclave of 138 sq, miles was gifted to East India Company. In 1864, the treaty of Sinchula was executed in which the Bhutan Dooars with passes leading into the hills of Kalimpong were ceded to the British. The Darjeeling District can be said to have assumed its present shape in 1866 is 1234 sq. miles.

It is situated at an altitude of 6710 ft, having annual maximum temperature of 14.9 D, Celsius and minimum 8.9D Celsius, Average rainfall is 3092 mm, Best Season for visit in the month of March to mid of June and October to December.

"The land that all men desire to see, and having seen once by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined" Mark Twain’s feeling may imposed by any one who visited Darjeeling once in his life, because Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt. Kanchejunga towering over the assure sky, Darjeeling foundly called "Queen of Hills", provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. This is the land of the muscated flavored Darjeeling Tea revered by connoisseurs across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine still chunks uphill vying for space with the fast disappearing Land Robers.

Biswa Kavi Guru Rabindranath Tagore described its beauty with poetic feelings as follows :

" Flowers are very where, the days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us".

It is certainly that Darjeeling in the post modern era comprises of Six T’s – Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ Paradise.

MUNGPOO:

Within the Darjeeling Sadar Sub-Division, towards east of Darjeeling 35 k.m. from Darjeeling and 52 k.m from Siliguri through Ghoom-Jorebunglow, one passes through lovely scenic spots and lush green tea gardens. Flowers nurseries and crystal clear rivulets cross on way in journey towards Mungpoo, it is famous not only as a summer residence of Poet Rabindra Nath Tagore, but also famous for Cinchona Plantation.

The Great Poet Kabi Rabindranth Tagore, universally reverend to celestial appearance and endorsed with supernatural genius, whose coming has hallowed this planet first kept his foot at Mungpoo in the invitation of his disciple Mrs. Maytree Devi wife of Dr. M. M. Sen of the then Quinologist, to the Govt. of West Bengal, pf Goct, Quinine Factory in 1938. That year he came over to Mungpoo from Kalimpong on the 21st of May and stayed there at Mungpoo in the Bunglow of Dr. Sen till the 9th June. In 1933, he came for the second time on 14th May and went back on 27th June. In the same year in autumn from 12th Sept to the first week of November, he stayed as an honored guest of Dr .Sen for the third time. In 1940, he came for the 4th time on 21st April and his birthday on 25th, Baisak was celebrated there with the local Hillman. The day, he composed three poems called "Birthday". While staying at Mungpoo numerous poems, articles letters and story and painting have been composed. Many time in the Bunglow, he stayed resounded with his sublime and joyful voice in rhyme, songs and recitations. Here in this place, which has been sanctioned by the coming of Rabindranath. The bunglow were Kabiguru stayed is being maintained now at Museum with his photograph, painting writings etc.

KURSEONG :

Kurseong is a hill station within the Darjeeling District located at an altitude of 4684 ft, Kurseong is 51 k.m. from Siliguri and 30 k.m. from Darjeeling Sadar. It has a pleasant climate throughout year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling.

The local name of Kurseong is called as "Kharsang" as per the Lepcha language it mean "Land of Orchids" Kurseong is 47 k.m from Siliguri and is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The nearest airport as at Bagdogra and nearest major railway station is N.J.P., which is about 53 k.m. from Kurseong. The town is based mainly on schools and tourism. The times to visit are between March end and May and between end of August and October. Kurseong was ceded to the British Empire by the Chogyal King of Sikkim in 1835. Later in 1880, the small hamlet became a tourist destination for colonial authorities and was preferred place for sanatoriums where the sick would recuperate.

Kurseong is developing as a quiet hill station. The gardens include Castleton, Makaibari, Ambootia and Goomtee. It is also famous for the The Ambootia Shiv MAndir, Giddhapahar Durga Mandir, Jagdish Mandir on the way to the Eagle’s Craig, which is a very old mandir of 300 years old. St Paul's Church on Hill Cart Road, Near St. Joshephs School, Buddhist Gumba at Monteviot, and Dow Hill Road, Moreover, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Museum and NSC Bose Institute of Asiatic Studies hosted in the house of his elder brother, Sarat Chandra Bose, are situated at Giddhapahar Area, Netaji was intered in this house by the British Govt., in the late thirties. The house now displays photocopies of the exchange of letter between Netaji and his would be wife. Md. Emile, many rare photographs of his Indian National Army, ither memorabilia of the Indian Freedom Movement and a few personal belongings of Netaji and the Bose family.

In short it is said that it is the place with peace, serenity and the healthy climate that attract many a great persons to this place. Some of the famous poems and songs of Guru Rabindranth Tagore were composed in Kurseong. The magic painter, Abaindranath Tagore and great composer Atul Prasad Sen got inspiration for some of their works around Kurseong. Sister Nivedita, the great disciples of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. It is learnt that Mark Twain spent some time in Kurseong in 1885. Fazul Haque the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal also stayed here. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was interned by the colonial government for a couple of months in 1936 in a house at Giddhapahar near Kurseong.

MIRIK

It is hill resort within the Sub-Division of Kurseong at an altitude of 1767 mtrs, with its own special charms, is 49 k.m. from Darjeeling and 52 k.m. form Siliguri 1.25 k.m. long lake is led by the perennial streams. A floating fountain in the middle of the lake is joy for ever and very often one may find the glory of Kanchenjunga reflected in the lake water. A rich forest with thousands of Cryptomaria Japanica Trees clothes the slopes on the west. A 3.5 k.m. zig-zag foot walk takes one along the lake a sleek foot bridge connects the garden on the east with the woods on the west.

KALIMPONG

King’s Minister’s strong hold a Bhutanese work. It is also called Kalimpong in local dialed meaning "Black Spur". As per the Lepchas Kalimpong means "Ridge where we play". It is said that these local tribesman used to organize field sport hile not engaged in agricultural pursuit. Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1250 mtrs it enjoys temperature climate throughout the year. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under the big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong offers white and relaxed holiday against t he backup of Kanchenjunga. The journey from Darjeeling to Kalimpong is beautiful experience. The road drops from Ghoom to Teesta Bazar and passes through lush green for est and t ea gar dens. One can stop at t he view point of 'Lovers Meet" from the confluence of river Teesta and Rangit can be seen. One can travel direct to Siliguri from Kalimpong and this road follows t he river Teesta from the hills till it emerges into t he plains of Siliguri. Climatic temperature is in summer, 27 deg. To 17.2 Deg. Celsius and t he rain fall 86.20 inches annually, best seasons March to Mid of June and September to December.

Kalimpong is a hill station in Mahabharata Range in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1250 meters. The town is t he head-quarters of the Kalimpong sub-division, a part of district of Darjeeling. The Indian Army's 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the two. Kalimpong is known for its educational institution and many of which were established during British period. It used to be gateway in the trade between Tibet and India prior to China's annexation of Tibet and Sino-Indian War. There has been Rotary Club in Kalimpong since 1993. Kalimpong located on a ridge overlooking River Teesta, is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate and proximity to popular tourist location in t he region. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong. It has flower marked notable for its side array of orchids. Nurseries, which export Himalaya grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to t he economy of Kalimpong. Home ethnic Nepalis, indigenous ethnic groups and non native migrants from other parts of India, t he town also a religious Centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist Monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang hold a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

Until the mid of 19th century the area around Kalimpong was ruled in succession by t he Sikkimese and Bhutanese kingdom. Under Sikkimese Rule, the area was known as Dalingkot. In 1706, the king of Bhutan won this terriotory from Sikkimese Monarch and renamed it Kalimpong. Overlooking t he Teesta Valley, Kalimpong is believed to have once been t he forward position of Bhutanese in t he 18th century. The area was sparsely populated by the indigenous Lepcha community and migrant Bhutia and Limbu tribes. Later in 1780, the Gorkhas invaded and conquered Kalimpong. After the Anglo Bhutan War on 1864, the treaty of Sinchula was signed in 1865, in which Bhutanese held territory east of of t he Teesta River was ceded to the British East India Company. At the time, Kalimpong was a hamlet, with only two or three families known to reside there. The first recorded mention of the town was a fleeting reference made that year by Ashley Eden, a government official with the Bengal Civil Service. Kalimpong was added to t he District of Darjeeling in 1866. In 1866-67 Anglo-Bhutanese Commission demarcated the common boundaries between the two, thereby giving shape to the Kalimpong Sub-division and Darjeeling District.

After t he war t he region became a sub-division of Western Duars district, the following year it was merged with then district of Darjeeling. The temperate climate prompted the British to develop the town as an alternative hill station to Darjeeling to escape the scorching summer heat in the plains. Kalimpong's proximity to the Nathula and Jelepla passes, offshoots of the ancient Silk Road, was an added advantage and it soon became an import ant trading outpost in the trade of furs, wools and food grains between India and Tibet. T he increase in population and economic attracted large number of migrants from Nepal, leading to an increase in population and economic prosperity. The arrival of Scottish missionaries saw the construction of schools and welfare centers for the British. Rev. W. Macfarlan in the early 1870's established the first schools in the area. The Scottish University Mission Institution was opened in 1866 followed by the Kalimpong Girls' High School. In 1900 Reverend J.A. Graham founded the Dr. Graham's Homes for destitute Anglo Indian students. By 1907 most schools in Kalimpong also started offering education to India.

LAVA:

A dry trip to the famous tourist destination of Lava is possible from Kalimpong as well as from Gorubathan via Fapherkheti. This is a small village and a picnic spot for the locals on the road connecting although tourism activity till now is quite limited here. Dalim Fort , There is the ruins of fort on top of the surrounding Gorubathan.

Siliguri was a village in the District of Jalpaiguri under police station Rajgunj and mauza Dabgram, five agricultural jotes namely Gazal Singh , Khalai Singh, Nepurbighar , Dhardaria and Karishma Dayal under the Zamindari of Baikunthapur Raja of Jalpaiguri in Mauza Dabgram including the village Siliguri were transfered to Darjeeling District in the year 1907 and the present Siliguri town consisting of said five jotes under Siliguri Police Station came into existance. The Administrative Head Quarter of Terai Sub-Division under Darjeeling District was also transfered to the Siliguri town and the whole Terai area with Siliguri town formed the Siliguri Sub-Division under the District Darjeeling.

Before partition of Bengal , the Sub-Divisional officer of Siliguri was also in-charge of the court of Munsif , After partition of Bengal the five Judicial offices was appointed as Munsif.

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

a. Kolkata to Darjeeling: Sealdah to NJP by Train 566 KM.

                                        By Road-    NJP to Darjeeling 96 KM

                                                            NJP to Mungpoo 58 KM vis Jorebunglow

                                                            NJP to Kurseong 57 KM via Tindharia, 42 KM via Pankhbari.

                                                            NJP to Mirik 58 KM.

                                                            NJP to Siliguri 6 KM.

                                                            NJP to Kalimpong 80 KM.

                                                            NJP to Gorubathan 62 KM

                    b. Dumdum Air Port to Bagdograh AirPort

                                        By Flight- Bagdograh to Darjeeling 98 KM

                                                           Bagdograh to Mungpoo 114 KM

                                                           Bagdograh to Kurseong 60 KM

                                                           Bagdograh to Mirik 55 KM

                                                           Bagdograh to Siliguri 6 KM

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DISTRICT COURT INFORMATION

 

9. Number of Courts (total as well as Sub-divisions-wise):         Total No. of Courts : 32

 

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:

           

       

Sl. No. Name and Designation of the Judicial Officer Date of Posting / if vacant, "Vacant Since" Contact Numbers
DARJEELING SADAR

1.

Shri Ananta Kumar Kapri

District Judge, (NDPS) Darjeeling

10.09.2012

Office:     0354-2254145

                 0354-2254297

Resi.:       0354-2254144

Fax:         0354-2254145

2.

Shri Partha Pratim Chakraborty,

Addl. District & Sessions Judge, 1st Court, Darjeeling

 

 
3.

Shri Santanu Mishra,

Addl. District & Sessions Judge, 2nd Court, Darjeeling

   
4.

Shri Swadesh Ranjan RoySukumar Ray,

Addl. District & Sessions Judge, 3rd Court, Darjeeling

23.11.2012  
5.

Shri Biplob Roy,

Cheif Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling

   
6.

Shri Sambhu Sarkar,

Civil Judge (Senior Division), Darjeeling

17.12.2012  
7.

Shri Soumya Chatterjee,

Judicial Magistrat, Darjeeling

30.01.2012  
SILIGURI SUB-DIVISION
1.

Shri Soumyabrata Sarkar,

Additional District & Sessions Judge,1st Court, Siliguri

   
2.

Smt. Subrata Hazra (Saha),

Addl. District & Sessions Judge, 2nd Court, Salinger

27.06.2012  
3.

Sri Samyajit Mukhopadhyay

Addl. District & Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court, Siliguri

26.03.2013  
7.

Abu Helal Manjur Rahaman,

Addl. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Siliguri

   
8.

Shri Suretheswar Mondal,

Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.), Siliguri

   
9.

Smt. Swati Chaurasia,

Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Siliguri

   
10.

Smt. Keya Mondal,

Judicial Magistrate, 1st Court, Siliguri

   
11.

Smt. Suparna Dutta,

Judicial Magistrate, 2nd Court, Siliguri

   
12.

Sri Bhaskar Majumder,

Judicial Magistrate, 3rd Court. Siliguri

   
13.

Sri Nilanjan Maulik,

Judicial Magistrate, 4th Court, Siliguri

   
KURSEONG SUB-DIVISION

1.

Sri Amalendu Bhaumik,

Addl. District & Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court, Kurseong

22.12.2011  

2.

Sri Kamal Sarkar,

Addl. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kurseong

   

3.

Smt Bidushi Tsering Lepcha,

Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.),cum J. M. Kurseomg

21.12.2012  
KALIMPONG SUB-DIVISION

1.

Shri Tarak Nath Bhagat,

(FTC Officer on Adhoc Basis)

Addl. District & Sessions Judge, Kalimpong

   

2.

Shri Ashis Kumar Mukherjee,

Addl. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kalimpong

08.02.2011  

3.

Shri Kuntal Chatterjee,

Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.) cum J, M. , Kalimpong

   
MIRIK TALUKA

1.

Shri Indranil Halder,

 Judge (Jr. Divn.)-cum-Judicial Magistrate,  Mirik

   
MUNGPOO TALUKA

1.

Shri Sanjib Dutta,

Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.)-cum-Judicial Magistrate, Mungpoo

   
GORUBATHAN TALUKA

1.

Smt. Sushmita Gayen Mukherjee,

Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.)-cum-Judicial Magistrate, Gorubathan

   

   

 

11. Particulars about the court building (sub-division wise)

 

Name of Sub-Division Own Building / Rented Building Date of inauguration Pending Proposal
Darjeeling Sadar Own Building  

The proposal for identification of suitable land for construction of Court Building at Mirik, Mungpoo and Gorubathan is lying pending with the District Land and Land Reforms Offices, Darjeeling

Kalimpong Own Building 1996
Siliguri Own Building 8 Falgun, 1396 as per Bengal Era
Kurseong Own Building  
Mungpoo Rented Building  
Mirik Rented Building  
Gorubathan Rented Building  

 

 

12. Names of different Offices of the Court housed in that court building (sub-division wise).

 

Name of Sub Division Name of the Offices of the court
Darjeeling Sadar

(1) Court and Office of the District Judge, Darjeeling

(2) Court & Office of Addl. District and Sessions Judge, 1st

      / 2nd / 3rd Court, Darjeeling

(3) Court and Office of Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.), Darjeeling

(4) Court and Office of Cheif Judicial Magistrate,

      Darjeeling with Copying Department and Judicial 

      Cash Section

(5) Court and Office of Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling

(6) Office of Nezarath / Accounts / Computer / Record

     Room / Library etc.

Kurseong

(1) Court and Office of the Addl. District Judge, Fast Track Court, Kurseong

(2) Court & Office of Addl. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kurseong

(3) Court and Office of Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Kurseong

(4) G.R.O. Section

Kalimpong

(1) Court and Office of the Addl. District & Sessions Judge, Kalimpong

(2) Court & Office of Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Kalimpong

(3) Court & Office of A.C.J.M., Kalimpong including  G.R.O. Office

Mirik

(1) Court and Office of Judicial Magistrate and  Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Mirik

      including G.R.O. Section

Gorubathan

(1) Court and Office of Judicial Magistrate and  Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Gorubathan

      including G.R.O. Section

Mungpoo

(1) Court and Office of Judicial Magistrate and  Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Mungpoo

      including G.R.O. Section

 

 

13. Particulars about accommodation for the Judicial Officers in a particular station (sub-division wise)

 

Name of Sub Division Accommodation Details
Darjeeling Sadar

Own Building for accommodation of Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.) and C.J.M. Darjeeling

 

Common Pool for the accommodation of Addl. District and Sessions Judge, 1st / 2nd / 3rd Court, Darjeeling / Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling.

Siliguri

Own Building for accommodation of A.C.J.M., Siliguri

 

Common Pool for the accommodation of Addl. District and Sessions Judge, 1st / 2nd Court, Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.), Siliguri.

Other Officers are residing at rented accommodation.

Kalimpong

Own building named Sailabash which is in dilapidated condition and there is no electricity and water connection. The officers viz. A.C.J.M. abd Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Kalimpong are residing in the Govt. Housing and Addl. District and Sessions Judge, Kalimpong is residing at the Top Floor of the Court Building.

Mirik

Judicial Officers are residing in rented accommodation.

Gorubathan Judicial Officers are residing in rented accommodation.
Mungpoo Judicial Officers are residing in rented accommodation.

 

 

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

        (as on 28.03.2011)

 

Categories Sanctioned strength Number of vacant posts
Stenographer 26 9
Group 'C' 114 17
Group 'D' 26/36 19
Process Server 15 2

 

 

15. Pendency of cases (total in the District as well as court wise in the different categories of staff

     

 

Sl. No. Name and Designation of the Judicial Officer Civil Cases Sessions & Other Cases Grand Total

1.

District Judge, Darjeeling

493

114 607

2.

Addl. District Judge, 1st Court, Darjeeling

109

213 322
3.

Addl. District Judge, 2nd Court, Darjeeling

52 54 106
4.

Addl. District Judge, 3rd Court, Darjeeling

50 31 81
5.

Addl. District Judge, 1st Court, Siliguri

524 164 688
6. Addl. District Judge, 2nd Court, Siliguri 317 310 627
7. Addl. District Judge, 1st Fast Track Court, Siliguri 524 110 634
8. Addl. District Judge, 2nd Fast Track Court, Siliguri 39 65 104
9. Addl. District Judge, 3rd Fast Track Court, Siliguri 159 48 207
10. Addl. District Judge, Kalimpong 52 25 77
11. Addl. District Judge, Fast Track Court, Kurseong 04 17 21
12. Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.), Darjeeling 402 12 412
13. Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Kurseong 04 - 04
14. Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Kalimpong 64 - 64
15. Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Mirik 08 - 08
16. Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Mungpoo - - -
17. Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.), Gorubathan - - -

18.

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling

- 703 703

19.

Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling

- 205 205

20.

A.C.J.M., Siliguri

- 3252 3252

21.

J.M., 1st Court, Siliguri

- 4604 4604

22.

J.M., 2nd Court, Siliguri

- 4260 4260

23.

A.C.J.M., Kurseong

- 895 895

24.

J.M., Kalimpong

- 117 117

25.

A.C.J.M., Kalimpong

- 354 354

26.

J.M., Kurseong - 315 315

27.

J.M., Mungpoo

- 6 6

28.

J.M., Mirik

- 101 101

29.

J.M. Gorubathan

- 21 21

 

16. Particulars about District Legal Services Authority and Sub-Divisional Legal Services Committees

 

The District Legal Services Authority, Darjeeling under the Chairmanship of District Judge, Darjeeling has been set up in the year 1998 and the same is functioning in the Court Building.

The Sub-divisional Legal Services Committee under the Chairmanship of seniormost Judicial officers of each station of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong in the District is being set up in the year,      and is functioning in the respective Court Building.

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