Plea for SC bench in Bangalore

 
Briefing mediapersons, Justice M F Saldahna, a former judge of the Karnataka High Court, pointed out that 90 per cent of the litigants were frustrated due to the non-accessibility posed by location of the Supreme Court at New Delhi. “Litigants from different areas of India and their lawyers are required to travel long distances and incur heavy expenditure to pursue the litigation in SC. The litigants are not corporate bodies or institutions. This virtually amounts to compounding of injustice,” he stressed.

The Bangalore bench could take care of litigations from the Peninsular area upto Maharashtra covering the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. “Bangalore has the requisite infrastructure and the accessibility,” Justice M F Saldahna said. “If a bench is set up here, it will reduce the pressure in the present SC by 40 per cent, which will have its own benefits. More importantly, there will be a multiplier effect in terms of reduction of distance and cost and numbers which will contribute to an efficient justice dispensation system,” he added.

Pramila Nesargi pointed out that to file an application in the Supreme Court from the South a person needed three days to travel and spend a good sum of money. “It is very important that a court be set up in Bangalore,” she said.

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