TAMIL NADU

Demand for Supreme Court Bench

Staff Reporter

Tirupur: Lawyers affiliated to All India Lawyers Union (AILU) have asked the authorities concerned to take steps to set up a bench of Supreme Court in South India.

AILU district committee member R. Manickaraj told reporters here on Monday that the bench had become essential considering the difficulties faced by from the southern states, who had to travel all the way to New Delhi to attend cases.

“This makes the cost of litigation unbearable for those coming from the lower economic strata in society,” he said.

Another senior member of AILU S Varadharajan cited the Article 130 of the Constitution of India which says “the Supreme Court shall sit in Delhi or in such other place or places, as the Chief Justice of India may, with the approval of the President, from time to time, appoint.”

“This clearly tells that creation of Bench will not have any constitutional hurdle to be crossed and hence, the requests for a Bench in South India should be favourably considered by authorities concerned at the earliest,” he said.

Mr. Manickaraj said that the AILU convention, which concluded at Kochi on January 24, too had stressed the need for a Bench in South India.

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