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CJI not averse to Haryana having separate HC

The long standing demand of Haryana to have a separate high court appears to have been backed by none other than Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan who said that he was not averse to the idea.

delhi Updated: Feb 23, 2010 11:54 IST
Sanjay Mehta

The long standing demand of Haryana to have a separate high court appears to have been backed by none other than Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan who said that he was not averse to the idea.

The CJI, who spoke on the issue for the first time, held that having a high court was a constitutional right of every state.

The Chief Justice of India said this during an interaction with HT at a dinner hosted by additional solicitor-general Mohan Jain in honour of attorney-general Goolam E Vahanvati. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh

Hooda too was present at the function.

When questioned that whether the separate Haryana high court could operate from the same complex, the CJI held ‘It does not matter from where it would operate’.

Hooda held that separate HC is a long pending demand and it was our legitimate right. ‘We want it at Chandigarh and once we get it, we could create infrastructure to make it a model HC’ said Hooda who added that funds would not a problem.

An advocate who did not want to be named said that the separate HC would also help in faster disposal of cases pertaining to Haryana pending in high court as Punjab has lion’s share in the cases lying pending before HC.

Further, the move would also help in increasing the representation of judges from the state in HC and also in apex court, the advocate added.