The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court M. Yusuf Eqbal has constituted a Full Bench comprising Justices K.N. Basha, K. Chandru and M. Venugopal to hear a public interest litigation filed by a lawyer alleging that the High Court Registry was indulging in territorial transgression by allowing cases arising from 13 districts under the jurisdiction of the Madurai Bench to be filed in the Principal Seat in Chennai due to “undue influence.”

A Division Bench of Justices P. Jyothimani and M.M. Sundresh had referred the matter to a Full Bench on September 26. Advocate B. Stalin filed the PIL through his counsel W. Peter Ramesh Kumar seeking a direction to prohibit filing of cases arising from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Sivaganga, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruchi and Karur districts in the principal seat of the court in Chennai.

After the filing of the PIL petitions, the Division Bench had included the Bar Associations in the Madurai Bench as well as Chennai as parties to the case and issued notices to them.

The Registrar General (RG) of the High Court S. Vimala too filed a counter affidavit denying the allegation that the Registry was indulging in territorial transgression.

She said that the cases were being allowed to be filed only in consonance with the Madras High Court (Establishment of a Permanent Bench at Madurai) Order, 2004 issued by the President on July 6, 2004 under Section 51 of the States Re-Organisation Act, 1956.