More courts, judges only way to ensure speedy disposal of cases: Balakrishnan

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Sunday called upon the Supreme Court and the Madras High Court to take steps to make Tamil the language of the High Court.

“Tamil should also be heard in the Supreme Court. As a first step Tamil should be the language of the Madras High Court and all the judges should take efforts for achieving this,” he said, at a function at the High Court to unveil B.R. Ambedkar's statue.

The Chief Minister's remarks came after Supreme Court Judge Justice P. Sathasivam, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court H.L. Gokhale and Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla addressed the gathering in Tamil. Justice Gokhale made his introductory remarks in Tamil.

Mr. Karunanidhi said the government would issue orders to increase the relief given to families of deceased advocates from the Advocates Welfare Fund from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.5 lakh.

“I am ready to give even more,” he said, pointing out that he could not make announcements when the Assembly was in session.

His announcement followed a request by R.C. Paul Kanagaraj, president of the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA). “Money is not a problem, but I have to abide by the law,” Mr. Karunanidhi said.

The Chief Minster also promised to fulfil the demand of the lawyers' association seeking 10 grounds of land to set up a medical trust.

“This can also be considered. I will discuss it with the officials and do the needful,” he said, adding the announcement would be made after the Assembly session was over.

Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, the Chief Justice of India, who unveiled Ambedkar's statue said the only way pending cases could be speedily disposed was by the creation of more courts and appointment of new judges.

He made known his appreciation for the disposal of 20,000 cases in a short span of time.