The efforts of Pune lawyers to bring a Bombay High court (HC) bench in Pune are likely to bear fruit in 2012,with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar giving consent to hand over the four-acre Shivajinagar godown land to Pune court for the purpose.
The land can be utilised to set up the HC bench. The Maharashtra government had recently written to us that the state would be able to take steps to set up the bench only after it gets the Chief Justices nod. We shall take it up with the Chief Justice on priority with the winter session now over, said advocate Milind Pawar,former president of Pune Bar Association (PBA),which is following up the matter with the government.
Pune lawyers put forth three broad reasons for the need of HC bench in the city. There are jails at Pune,Satara,Kolhapur and Solapur that house several under-trials who cannot afford to travel to Mumbai, they said. Also,there is tremendous load on the Bombay High Court and de-centralising its basic operations would help in reducing pendency. According to the lawyers,even 12-15 year old appeals from Pune do not come up for hearing in the court. If a High Court bench is set up here,it would be beneficial of the litigants as well as the court.
Lastly,lawyers highlight the problem of security at the Bombay HC due to the influx of litigants every day.