Council chief asks President to consider time taken for litigants in the South to travel to Delhi to fight cases

HYDERABAD: Chairman of the Legislative Council A. Chakrapani has appealed to President Pratibha Patil to consider establishment of a Supreme Court bench in the South, preferably in Hyderabad, and two separate benches of Andhra Pradesh High Court in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.

Speaking to reporters after submitting a memorandum to the President here on Friday, Dr. Chakrapani said that setting up of two benches of the High Court was a long-standing demand. He reminded that several States had additional high court benches like the Madurai Bench in Tamil Nadu, Dharwad Bench in Karnataka, Nagpur and Aurangabad benches in Maharashtra, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur benches in Madhya Pradesh.

Additional benches

He pointed out that Andhra Pradesh was the largest State in the South. “In spite of its enormous size and volume of litigation, it was a pity that no additional bench or benches have been thought of so far,” he said.

Dr. Chakrapani pleaded with the President to establish a bench of the apex court in Hyderabad considering the the time taken for litigant public residing in the south to travel all the way to New Delhi and fight cases.

He noted that the demand for a Supreme Court bench was not considered by the Chief Justice of India on the ground that it was difficult to get full text of the judgment on the same day for information and further action.

“Now with the improvement of Information Technology and online facility, there cannot be any problem in updating the judgments of various courts,” he added.