Who will gain from more High Courts?
The Constitution of India was accepted on 26 November 1949. This alone explains why 26th November is celebrated as “Law Day” and “Constitution Day”. It is rightly reiterated that the best tribute to our Constitution and its makers is to make justice more accessible to the poor. How better can it be done by setting up more high court benches especially in big states like UP, Rajasthan, Odisha, Madhya
Pradesh, and Bihar among other states? This has been reiterated even by 230th report of Law Commission which recommended the setting up of more high court benches in states.
But what an unbeatable irony that only one state that is Karnataka has stood to gain by it because after this report was submitted in 2009, it is only in Karnataka that two more high court benches were set up for just 4 and 8 districts at Dharwad and Gulbarga respectively in 2012 even though the number of pending cases in high court is less than 2 lakh in whole of Karnataka whereas in UP which tops the states list among pending cases has more than 10 lakh pending cases and the cases from West UP alone are more than half of the total pending cases that is 5 lakh still we see that there is just one high court bench in Lucknow which is just about 200 km away from Allahabad created way back in 1948 on July 1 and after that not a single bench was created in any part of the state.