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Shashi Tharoor calls for High Court Bench in Kerala capital

Posted on Dec 17, 08:25AM | UNI

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor today said that it was high time that the decades-old demand for the setting up of a High Court Bench at the State capital was considered.

Dr Tharoor was reacting to reports on the reported demand made by the Kerala High Court Senior Advocates' Association for the closing down of the recently constituted Kerala Administrative Tribunal at Thiruvananthapuram, according to a release here.

The issue of the setting up of a Bench of High Court at Thiruvananthapuram is one which should not and cannot be put off any longer, he said.

It was high time that the basic issues involved were considered once and for all by all the stake-holders involved and acted upon in the best interests of justice and welfare of the people, Dr Tharoor said.

The Kerala High Court Senior Advocates Association had reportedly said the Kerala Administrative Tribunal was not an effective alternative mechanism to the High Court.

The Association's justification for the demand was based on their view that since the orders passed by the Tribunal could be challenged before the High Court, the Tribunal did not serve the objective for which it had been established.

The objective of reducing the workload of the High Court, the Association is reported as saying, could not be achieved. It did not serve the interests of the litigants or lawyers, claimed the Association; it served only the interests of retired judges and retired civil servants. Besides, the Tribunal entailed a heavy financial burden on the litigants and the State.

Dr Tharoor said in the first instance, the views expressed by the Association, if they have been correctly reported, that the Kerala Administrative Tribunal 'served only the interests of retired judges and retired civil servants' was in bad taste and uncalled for.

The Association should not have made such a sweeping statement, he said.