(The Gist of PIB) Vice
President advocates Supreme Court Benches in different regions [AUGUST-2019]
Vice President advocates Supreme Court
Benches in different regions
The Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu has advocated the need to
set up Supreme Court benches in different regions in the country, including
one at Chennai, to bring the judicial system closer to people.
Law Commission report 2009:
The Law Commission, in its report submitted to the government in 2009,
A Constitution Bench be set up in Delhi to deal with constitutional and
allied issues, and
four Cassation Benches in Delhi (north), Chennai/Hyderabad (south),
Kolkata (east) and Mumbai (west) to deal with all appellate work arising out
of the orders/judgments of the High Courts.
Arguments in favour:
It is high time we had more benches because in a country as vast as
India the litigants have to travel long distances and spend a huge amount of
money and energy.
Setting up Benches outside Delhi would neither impair unity and
integrity nor undermine the importance of the Supreme Court.
According to the Law Commission, If Article 130 is liberally
interpreted, no constitutional amendment may be required for setting up
Cassation Benches in four regions and a Constitution Bench at Delhi.
If it is found that Article 130 cannot be stretched to make it possible
to implement the recommendations, Parliament should enact suitable
legislation/constitutional amendment for this purpose.”