Achuthanandan, Chandy to together ask PM for high court bench

December 17th, 2008 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghThiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (IANS) Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and leader of opposition Oommen Chandy will together fly to Delhi Thursday morning to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demand his intervention for setting up of a bench of the high court here. Chandy told IANS that since Achuthanandan requested him to accompany him to meet Singh, he has agreed.

The meeting with Singh is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Successive state governments have been demanding a bench of the high court to be set up in the capital.

The Kerala legislature has unanimously passed two resolutions in this regard.

There was a high court in Thiruvananthapuram in 1947. It became a high court bench following the establishment of Kerala high court in Kochi after the formation of the state in 1956. But in 1957 it was wound up.

Achuthanandan and Chandy have on more than one occasion met Singh with this demand.

To set up the bench, the central cabinet has to clear the proposal and send it to the president for approval. Prior to that, the Kerala governor and the chief justice of the Kerala High Court have to send their approval.

While the Kerala governor has sent his nod, a group of advocates after applying through the Right to Information Act have found out that the Kerala High Court has sent a negative reply for a bench.

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