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Apex court bench in TN, Tamil in courts urged

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai, 18 August (Asiantribune.com): Chennai, 18 August (Asiantribune.com): A bench of Supreme Court in Tamil Nadu– which request was pending for the last 29 years--- and introduction of Tamil as the language of the Madras High Court– which proposal is awaiting for clearance for over 18 months—the TN Minister Thangam Thennarasu urged the Prime Minister, Union Law Minister and Supreme Court Chief Justice to consider on Sunday.

Addressing the joint conference of Chief Ministers’ of the State and the Chief Justices’ of High Courts in New Delhi, he said on Tamil as court language “We will be grateful for expeditious approval of the resolution passed in our State Legislative Assembly.” On the request for a Bench of the Supreme Court to be located in Tamil Nadu, he reiterated it may be considered favorably and orders issued expeditiously, he said.

The Chief Justice of India was also urged by the minister to prevail upon the advocates not to resort to boycott of courts at least in the future. The functioning of judiciary in the State was affected continuously in the recent boycotts. In one of the boycotts, it was up to 94 days lost by some of the subordinate courts, he mentioned.

The Minister said there were 5.76 lakh (civil) and about 4.40 lakh (criminal), cases pending in the subordinate courts in the State as of December 2008, marking an increase of 15.43 per cent over the civil cases and 2.68 per cent over the criminal cases respectively compared to the corresponding period last year.

The Minister also sought the Centre’s support for allocation of substantial sums of money for enhancing infrastructural facilities for the Judiciary in the State, which perspective plan, sent in 2006, is yet to receive allocation of the Government of India.

- Asian Tribune -

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