Bakthang

Bakthang

HIGH COURT OF SIKKIM – MUSEUM FOREST COLONY, BALUWAKHANI, GANGTOK , EAST SIKKIM 737101 The Judiciary history of Sikkim, even though as ancient as that of any other modern state, is not well documented. This is so with regard to the period preceding the years of Sikkim becoming a protectorate under then British India in the year 1890. Access to the past history beyond the last part of the 19th century is thus too restricted and too limited. It is in this background that the initiative taken by High Court of Sikkim to establish the present judicial museum assumes importance. The credit for sparing a thought to such an important venture of historical significance goes to Honourable Justice Shri Satish Kumar Agnihotri, the present Chief Justice of the High Court of Sikkim who first conceived the idea of establishing such a museum. The museum committee constituted vide High Court Notification No. 30/HCS dated 12.9.2016 has, under the direction of Hon’ble The Chief Justice , collected available materials displayed in the museum which throw light on the judicial history of Sikkim. The process of collecting records, artefacts and other items relating to the judiciary in Sikkim is to be an ongoing process. The museum has four galleries:- Gallery 1. The different items of articles such as historical documents and photographs of heritage buildings and different locations throw light on the general history of Sikkim relating to pre-monarchy period , monarchy period and modern period. Gallery 2. This galley deals with the judicial history of Sikkim. The different historical documents and other artefacts on display reflect the history of the evolution of judicial system during the three periods of history as indicated in Gallery 1. Gallery 3. The brief write up given and the photographs on display in this gallery throw light on the laws known as Sikkim Laws or Sixteen Laws which are said to be founded on those spoken by Raja Melongdong, who lived in India before the time of Buddha. These laws are older than old laws of Sikkim in point of time. Efforts have been made to present the different modes of trials and the various punishments provided under the said laws in pictorial form. Gallery 4. This gallery deals with the recent archaeological findings which confirms that human habitation in Sikkim dates back to the Neolithic period i.e. 10,000 to 8,500 B.C. The archeological finding includes Neolithic stone tools recovered from different locations in North and East districts of Sikkim along with the findings of fossilized antelope horn in Sajong under Rumtek. Visiting Hours : 10.00 am to 5 p.m. ( Wednesday to Monday ) Museum is closed on Tuesday and other state holidays . Entry is free . Located at Forest Colony, Baluwakhani, Gangtok