KARNATAKA

‘Don’t unlink Bellary from Dharwad Bench’

Staff Correspondent

Government proposes to link Bellary and Koppal districts with Gulbarga Circuit Bench



Bellary Bar Association members launch

an indefinite fast on Tuesday

Advocates in Bellary say Gulbarga is not well connected by rail and road



Bellary: Members of the Bellary Bar Association launched an indefinite fast on Tuesday to oppose the move of the Government to unlink Bellary and Koppal districts from the jurisdiction of the Circuit Bench of the Karnataka High Court in Dharwad and tag them to the Circuit Bench in Gulbarga.

B.V. Basavaraj, president of the Bellary Bar Association, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the advocates of both the districts were strongly in favour of being tagged to the Dharwad Circuit Bench instead of Gulbarga as had been proposed by the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court P.D. Dinakaran.

According to him, tagging Bellary and Koppal districts to Gulbarga would only cause lot of inconvenience to the litigant public as Gulbarga was too far off and lacked proper rail and road connectivity. Secondly, these two districts were already tagged to the Dharwad Circuit Bench and it was functioning well. “Any changes effected now would force the litigant public to spend more money on travelling, lodging and paying fees afresh to the new advocate besides spending not less than three days to attend the court work. All these can be avoided if status quo is maintained”, he said.

Mr. Basavaraj was of the view that the move was being made following request made by the advocates in Gulbarga to ensure that the Bench in Gulbarga functioned regularly as, at present, the pendency of cases in the Circuit Bench in Gulbarga was coming down. “Unlinking Bellary and Koppal from Dharwad at this point was most unscientific and irrelevant”, he said.

Referring to an order passed on June 30, 2008 by the division bench of the High Court, comprising Cyriac Joseph and A.N. Venugopala Gouda, while disposing of a writ petition on setting up circuit benches outside Bangalore, he said that it said “after all the courts are for the benefit of the litigant public and hence their convenience should be paramount consideration”.



Mr. Basavaraj said when the Government was looking for a suitable place to establish the circuit bench in the northern part of Karnataka, the Bellary Bar Association had demanded that it be established in Bellary.

As another alternative, they had suggested that Bellary be tagged on to High Court in Bangalore as there is good rail and road connectivity between the two places.

He informed that he had already drawn the attention of the Ministers — G. Janardhan Reddy, G. Karunakar Reddy and B. Sriramulu — about inconvenience the litigant public and advocates would face in the event of any change, and urged them to prevail upon the Chief Minister and others concerned to drop the move. Besides, Bellary MP Shanta had been requested to take up the matter with Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily.

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