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Lahore HC closer to west UP cities than Allahabd's, give one closer home: Lawyers

Press Trust of India  |  Ghaziabad 

Hundreds of lawyers Thursday staged a demonstration at the residence of local and Union Minister V K Singh and "locked" its gates, demanding a high court bench in western

The agitating lawyers demand setting up of a high court bench any of the western UP cities, including Meerut, or Saharnpur, saying even the High Court is closer to these cities than the state's main high court at

They said it would be better to put some of the districts of West UP under the Delhi High Court's jurisdiction.

Bar Association (GBA) said before the 2014 general elections, Singh had promised to work for the four-decade-old demand, but nothing has come out of it.

"That's why we staged the protest at his Ghziabad residence and symbolically locked its gate," said Pandit, ruing that the was not at his residence at the time of protest.

The protestors raised slogans against Singh and handed over a memorandum an at his home, he said.

Explaining the need for an HC bench in western UP, the GBA's former said the High Court is catering to litigants from 72 out of 80 districts in

The bench of the high court caters to just eight districts around the state capital, he said, adding a high court bench anywhere in the western UP would serve the litigants from at least 22 districts.

"Even the High Court is closer to than the one at Allahabad," said Tyagi.

The driving distance from to is over 800 km, while is at around 400 km through Wagah border, he added.

It would be better if some of the western UP districts in the National Capital Region, like Ghaziabad, and are put under the jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court, he said.

UP's former in the Kalyan Singh-led BJP government, said the western UP people gave a landslide victory to the BJP in Centre and the state and the two governments must heed to the masses.

If the demand for a high court bench in western UP is not met in time, it may trigger a movement leading to another bifurcation of the state, he warned.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:00 IST