The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking directions to increase the number of labour courts and industrial tribunals in the national capital and to appoint presiding officers to man them [Labour Law Association v. The Registrar General, High Court of Delhi and Anr]. .A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla issued notice to the Delhi High Court and the Delhi government, directing them to file their responses within three weeks. The case will now be considered on May 18. .The petition was filed by a society, Labour Law Association through advocates Rajiv Agarwal, Meghna De, L Gangmei, N Bhushan and Moksha Sharma. It argued that the sanctioned strength of labour courts in Delhi is 10, while three industrial tribunals are required. However, at present nine labour courts and two such tribunals are functioning in the city. The petition said that even if the sanctioned number of courts and tribunals are fulfilled, it would be less than what the capital requires. "It is further submitted that the current sanctioned strength of Labour Courts and Industrial Tribunals, even if they work in full capacity, is inadequate to shorten the time for disposal as desired in the Industrial Disputes Act. The current sanctioned strength has been decided many years back and there has not been any review of the same in recent years," the plea said.