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Kanna pledges support to lawyers' stir for HC Bench

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Advocates have a right to fight for Bench as it is in the interest of litigant public, he says

In a symbolic protest, lawyers submit memorandum to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi


Guntur: Major Industries Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana pledged his support to the ongoing agitation for constitution of a High Court Bench between Guntur and Vijayawada during his brief interaction with the striking advocates at the District Court Complex here on Wednesday.

He claimed to have taken the issue to the Chief Minister's notice and promised to follow it up again at an appropriate forum. The advocates had every right to fight for the HC Bench as it was in the interest of litigant public, he asserted.

Later, a large number of advocates took out a rally under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) from the District Court to the Jinnah Tower Centre, where they submitted a memorandum to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a symbolic protest against the government's alleged negligence in setting up of the HC Bench in this part of the State where the High Court itself had existed for almost three years from 1953.

JAC convener Samuel John, senior advocate Y. Koteswara Rao and others stated they were peacefully agitating for HC Bench, which was promised after the High Court was shifted from Guntur to Hyderabad consequent upon the formation of the Andhra Pradesh State.

The Bench was the desire and right of people of Coastal Andhra and they would not be content with mere assurances by the Government or MPs and MLAs.

The advocates staged protests throughout the district to press for their demand. Advocates in Sattenapalli also demanded that a sub-court be set up in the town to cater to needs of the local people. The concept of a Bench was rooted in the principle that justice shall be administered on the doorstep of people.

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