Private Members Bill To Establish Permanent High Court Benches In State Capitals Introduced In Lok Sabha

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Updated 2021/12/09 at 4:05 PM

Shashi Tharoor, a senior Congress leader, introduced a private member’s bill in the Lok Sabha on Friday to create permanent High Court benches in state capitals.

The State High Court is located outside the capital city of Kerala, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Goa, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Chhattisgarh.

After almost two years, a private member’s bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha. Owing to a variety of factors, including limited hours due to COVID procedure and interruptions caused by opposition protests, the private member’s business had to be postponed. Mr. Tharoor’s “Establishment of Permanent Bench of High Courts at State Capitals Bill” has also been in the works since 2019.

Though the bill is intended for all states, it particularly names Kerala, whose permanent seat is at Ernakulam, some 200 kilometres from the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram.

“It has been noticed that the State is a primary litigant in a majority of matters ongoing in different High Courts,” the Bill adds, explaining why such legislation is needed. As a result, state governments have spent a significant amount of money on travel allowance and leave allowance for government officials travelling from state capitals to the primary seats of the High Courts involved for depositions.”

Mr. Tharoor claimed that there has been a desire for the installation of a permanent bench in Kerala’s capital since the state was formed in 1956. He believes that justice should be brought to the litigants’ homes rather than forcing them to travel long distances to the court.

 

Source: The Hindu

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