Lawyers and representatives of the city civil court, under the leadership of West Bengal Bar Council member Shyamal Ghatak, met law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya on Thursday with their demand that the pecuniary (economic/financial) jurisdiction of the court be raised from Rs 10 lakh to unlimited.
“The minister told us she would look into the matter and try her best to resolve the issue. We have another meeting with her on July 3,” Ghatak said.
Incidentally, the lawyers of the city civil court have ceased work for about a month on this issue. Ghatak said that as per the current pecuniary jurisdiction of this court, any civil disputes up to Rs 10 lakh would be heard here.
But since property valuation has grown by leaps and bounds and no property within the city is available for Rs 10 lakh or less, all civil disputes are going to the ‘original side’ of Calcutta High Court. In fact, all civil disputes are above Rs 10 at present. “Therefore, such disputes are going to the original side of Calcutta High Court,” Ghatak said. “The pecuniary jurisdiction should be made unlimited so that this does not happen,” he said.
“Following a Supreme Court order, the Maharashtra government has made an amendment and the pecuniary jurisdiction of Mumbai civil court has been made unlimited. This has come into effect from September 1, 2012,” Ghatak added.
He also said that since this has happened in Mumbai, it could also happen in Kolkata and the lawyers are demanding it.