Consult High Court Chief Justice first on bench establishment: Centre to State

Bhubaneswar: Passing the buck on State government over the demand for establishment of high court benches in western and southern Odisha, the Centre today asked the State government to consult the chief justice of Orissa High Court and prepared details of the proposed benches.

“Once the State government along with the High Court communicate their clear views, the Union Government would take further necessary action in this matter”, Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated in a letter to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.

Referring to Patnaik’s earlier letter, the Union Minister further wrote that the chief justice of High Court is responsible for running the day to day administration of its principal seat and its benches. “It is imperative that the chief justice of high Court is consulted and recommendations of the Orissa High Court obtained before setting up any bench”, he added.

He also clarified that establishment of any High Court bench is made in the light of the recommendations made by the Jaswant Singh Commission.

Earlier, on January 11, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had written to the Centre, seeking measures to set up high court bench in southern and western Odisha.

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