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Anurag demands state to send proposal for setting up HC bench at Dharamsala

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Shimla, July 18, 2014
First Published: 20:03 IST(18/7/2014) | Last Updated: 20:04 IST(18/7/2014)

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president and Hamirpur Lok Sabha member Anurag Thakur wrote a letter to chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday asking him to immediately send a proposal to the union government for setting up the Himachal Pradesh High Court bench at Dharamsala.

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Thakur said he had written to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and had raised the matter in the Lok Sabha under Rule 377.

"In response to my letter, the law minister said that according to the recommendations made by Jaswant Singh Commission and the decision of the Supreme Court in 2000, the Centre can establish a high court bench only after the state government sends a complete proposal and chief justice of the concerned high court also gives his assent to the proposal," said Thakur.

"The law minister also said his ministry hasn't received any proposal from the Himachal Pradesh government till date to establish a high court bench at Dharamsala," he said.

In his letter to Virbhadra Singh, Thakur said this was a matter of utmost public importance and therefore the state government should immediately take a step forward and send the proposal to the Centre so that he can further pursue the matter at his own level.

Thakur said the people of Kangra and members of the district bar association had been raising the demand for long. He said the people from Chamba district have to travel all the way to Shimla for legal matters which not only consumes time but also puts financial burden on them.

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