Injustice to Have Supreme Court Only in Delhi: Madras HC Judge in Farewell Speech

The Judge further urged the Union government to consider setting up regional benches across the country and suggested that required changes can be made to the Indian Constitution to do so.

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One of the senior-most judges of the Madras High Court Justice N Kirubakaran retired from service on Friday. During his farewell speech at an event, the Judge said that the presence of the apex judicial body in India— the Supreme Court in New Delhi was an injustice to people who did not reside in the national capital.

The farewell ceremony for the Judge was conducted on Thursday as the Madras Court remained closed on Friday on the occasion of Muharram.

“Keeping the Supreme Court in New Delhi alone is injustice done to most of the people. It is said the Supreme Court on the administrative side rejected the setting up of regional benches. I hope the Honourable Supreme Court would reconsider the decision and permit the setting up of regional Benches,” the HC judge said.

In his farewell speech, the Judge further urged the apex court and the Union government to reconsider setting up regional benches across the country and suggested that required changes can be made to the Indian Constitution to do so.

“In the judiciary, Delhi and Bombay are power centres. States are not properly represented in the Supreme Court like how these two states are,” he further added

Justice Kirubakaran had worked as Government Advocate (Writs), as Additional Central Government Standing Counsel prior to being appointed as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court on March 31, 2009, and as Permanent Judge on March 29, 2011.

His tenure as a Madras High Court Judge was filled with judgements that invoked support but also severe opposition.

His decision to make helmets mandatory for two-wheelers sparked protests from High Court lawyers who burned helmets in the Court premises claiming that the rule led to harassment by the police.

The Judge throughout his career put in efforts to bring in a blanket ban on the sale of alcohol in the state and mentioned this unachieved goal in his speech on Thursday.

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