Moradabad. The demand for establishment of a High Court bench in Western Uttar Pradesh has once again become vocal. On Saturday, a meeting of advocates from 22 districts was held in the Bar Auditorium of The Bar Association and Library, Moradabad. Advocates announced that the slogan of no bench, no vote will be raised in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In the month of January 2024, lakhs of advocates of Jantar Mantar, Western Uttar Pradesh will take to the streets and march on foot to Jantar Mantar. For this, on 16th December, the meeting of Western Uttar Pradesh High Court Bench Establishment Central Struggle Committee will be held in Bijnor district.
In the press conference held after the end of the meeting on Saturday evening, Chairman of Western Uttar Pradesh High Court Bench Establishment Central Sangharsh Committee, Kunwar Pal Sharma said that we all will accept the establishment of a bench anywhere in the 22 districts of Western Uttar Pradesh. He said that the struggle has been going on continuously for the last 45 years. This is not an election movement. The Speaker said that during the reign of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Jaswant Commission was constituted regarding the establishment of High Court Bench in Western Uttar Pradesh. In this, it was recommended to establish a bench in Agra, Atal Vihari Bajpayee, who was in the opposition during that time, had also supported the establishment of the bench.
He told that the High Courts of Shimla, Chandigarh, Gwalior, Nainital and Jaipur from Western Uttar Pradesh are very close to Allahabad High Court. In such a situation, the Central Government should give approval for the establishment of a High Court bench in Western Uttar Pradesh.
Ashok Saxena, President of The Bar Association and Library Moradabad and General Secretary Abhay Kumar Singh said that lawyers have been struggling for the demand of High Court bench in Western Uttar Pradesh for 45 years. Despite this, the central government did not listen to the demands of the lawyers. The Central Government says that every person should get justice at his doorstep, but the Central Government is not even fulfilling its promise.
Apart from Moradabad, advocates from 22 districts including Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Hapur along with the executive of The Bar Association and Library Moradabad were present in the meeting of the Western Uttar Pradesh High Court Bench Establishment Central Struggle Committee.