Three new high courts in the north-eastern states of Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya may soon be set up as Law Minister Veerappa Moily has submitted in a memorandum to the union cabinet in a move that would require amendment of the North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act 1971.
Moily assured a delegation of visiting Members of Parliament (MPs) from the seven north-eastern states that an amendment of the 1971 act without a constitutional amendment would pave the way for setting up of new high courts.
Currently, the northeastern region of India has only two high courts – Sikkim High Court and Guwahati High Court in Assam, which exercises jurisdiction over other states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram.
Sify news quoted a minister from Tripura who said that around 77,500 cases have been pending in different courts in Tripura, including at the Agartala bench of the Guwahati High Court, where 6,320 cases were pending.
“Opposition Congress legislator Gopal Roy, also a senior lawyer, told the house that of the 21 judges in the Guwahati High Court currently, against the sanctioned number of 24, 14 were from Assam, four from Manipur and one each from Tripura, Mizoram and Nagaland, and there was none from Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya,” Sify reported.