Bifurcating Supreme Court: Government yet to take view

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) The government is yet to consider setting up regional branches of the Supreme Court in metropolitan cities as recommended by the Law Commission of India, Minister of Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily said Monday.

‘The government has not taken any view on the recommendations of the Law Commission of India. We have sought opinion from the attorney general of India,’ Moily told reporters.

Law Commission chairman Justice A.R. Laxmanan had stressed on the need for division of the Supreme Court into a constitution bench at Delhi and benches in four regions at Delhi, Chennai or Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan is, however, said to be opposed to the idea because it will be difficult to have proper administrative control if the Supreme Court is bifurcated.

Moily said that it was a ‘sensitive issue’.

‘We have to take the judiciary into full confidence for it,’ he said.

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