Who will gain from more High Courts?

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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.

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