Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: Former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah is stated to have offered to render legal advice to the Government on the border dispute in connection with Maharashtra's Original Suit before the Supreme Court seeking the transfer of Belgaum and other towns and villages in the border areas of the two States.

Mr. Venkatachaliah, who was here on Wednesday, met representatives of the Belgaum District Kannada Organisations Action Committee, headed by Ashok Chandargi, and assured them of help, according to a press release issued by the committee here on Thursday.

He said that he was ready to render services to the Government and the people without any monetary consideration. However, none from the Government had approached him. The committee was the first to approach him seeking advice for the Government in protecting the interests of Karnataka and Kannadigas.

The organisations have been requesting the Government to hire two other Constitutional experts former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Babu and former Chief Justice of Kerala High Court V.S. Malimath.

Mr. Venkatachaliah expressed satisfaction on the competency of H.B. Datar, who heads the Consultative Committee on Karnataka-Maharashtra Boundary Dispute. He told the organisations that the case of the State was safe in his (Mr. Datar) hands. He said the Government should obtain the services of Mr. Venkatachaliah, Mr. Babu and Mr. Malimath to defend Karnataka's case coming up on January 22 in the Supreme Court.

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