The demand for setting up a High Court Bench in Thiruvananthapuram has gathered momentum with the High Court constituting a five-judge panel to conduct a feasibility study.
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor who hailed the High Court decision said that several hurdles are yet to be overcome to achieve the aim.
“There seems to be several issues, since the problem is as old as I am! But I would prefer not to ascribe the motives to those who have so far opposed this proposal,” Tharoor said.
Thiruvananthapuram Bar Association president and High Court Bench Action Council chairman K P Jayachandran also appreciated the HC decision.
“Thiruvananthapuram had been the seat of the erstwhile Travancore High Court, but after the re-organisation of the states, it was shifted to Ernakulam.
So we are demanding reconstitution of the Bench,” Jayachandran said.
However, Kerala High Court Advocates Association president Babu Paul said they will strongly resist any move regarding the constitution of an High Court bench.
“We will submit our grievances before the committee when we there is an opportunity. A bench in the state capital will not serve any purpose,” Babu Paul said.