Bhubaneswar, Nov 19 (LocalWire): The state government is yet to communicate to the Centre regarding the mandatory clauses and compliance required for the establishment of Orissa High Court benches in western and southern regions of the state.
If the Union law minister’s reply to an MP’ s query is any indication, the state government has done precious little in facilitating compliance to the Centre since the last 10 months in this regard.
‘The Odisha government had requested time and again for setting up of Orissa High Court bench in western and southern regions.
The Centre had communicated the steps taken in this regard to the state government in 2018 and the requirement of consultation with the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court was impressed upon them.
The need for consultation with the Chief Justice was again highlighted by the law ministry on 12 January, 2019 to the state government. However, no response has been received yet,’ the Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in response to Koraput MP Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka’s letter.
The Union law ministry is guided by the recommendation made by the Jaswant Singh Commission and the Apex Court verdict, 2000 for the setting up of separate benches of High Courts in the states, Union law minister Prasad wrote in the letter.
The benches of High Courts are established after due consideration of a complete proposal from the state government, which is to provide infrastructure and meet the expenditure, along with the consent of Chief Justice of the concerned High Court, which is required to look after the day-to-day administration of the High Court and its bench.
The proposal should also have the consent of the Governor of the concerned state, he said in the letter.
Once the state government along with High Court communicates their clear views, the Union government will take further action in this matter, he concluded.