Bar Association demands Circuit Bench in Mangalore

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Mangalore, Jul 10 (UNI) After the fulfillment of the long-standing demand of a High Court Bench at Dharwar and Gulburga to benefit the people of Northern Karnataka, it is now the turn of the people of Coastal and Malnad districts, who have raised their voice for setting up of a similar Bench in Mangalore to get one, Mangalore Bar Association President S P Chengappa said here today.

Urging the need for setting up of a Circuit Bench, he said the region comprising Daxina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu and Chikmagalore Districts has over 6000 lawyers. The region also comprises of a majority labourers, agriculturists and a number of industries are established in the rural parts of the region, he added.

Mr Chengappa said with the rise in the prices of petrol and diesel, it has become too expensive and time consuming for the people of the region to travel to Bangalore to fight their pending cases in the High Court. This has called for an urgent need to set up a Bench of the High Court in Mangalore for the speedy disposal of the cases pending, he added.

According to former Mangalore Bar Association President Kallige Taranath Shetty, a large number of cases pertaining to land dispute are still pending for disposal. Over 20,000 files, pertaining to the undivided Daxina Kannada district alone, were still pending, he added.

Mr Shetty said setting up of the High Court Bench will enable not only an early clearance of the pending files but also help in redressal of the mental agony of the litigants the region.

Mr Chengappa said the Bar would also pressurise all Ministers from the State, including Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, for setting up of a Bench of the Supreme Court in Bangalore, following an increase in the number of cases from the State in the Apex Court.

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