3 New High Courts in Northeastern States Soon

Agartala: The northeastern states of  Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya may soon have their own high courts within few months, if the Supreme Court decision comes this week.

The apex court needs to decide on the chief justices of the proposed high courts. Tripura government has already have in place all the infrastructure necessary for a separate high court, said  Datamohan Jamatia, secretary, Tripura law department.  After the chief justices are appointed, there would not be major hurdles in the process, he added.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is also be said to have written a letter to the union ministry of law and justice requesting the appointment of at least five judges in the new high courts so that divisional benches can function besides single benches.

The obligatory amendment of the North-Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act, 1971 — the North-Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) and Other Related Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 — was passed by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in May, paving the way for the creation of separate high courts in the three states.

Then President Pratibha Patil had given her assent in June to the amendment bill, making it an act.

Currently, the six northeastern states of Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have benches of the Guwahati High Court. Sikkim has a separate high court.

Setting up new high courts will help speedy disposal of pending cases.


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