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Apex court branch in city sought

The Bengal government has placed a proposal before the Union law ministry to open a branch office of the Supreme Court in Calcutta. The state law department has chalked out the proposal to help the government and the people of Bengal save both time and money on frequent trips to New Delhi to file cases or counter-affidavits in the apex court.

State law minister Nisith Ranjan Adhikary informed Union law minister Arun Jaitley of the proposal for a city office at a recent meeting in New Delhi.

When Jaitley evinced interest in the matter, the state government sent a formal proposal to the Union ministry, said chief minister’s principal secretary Arun Bhattacharya.

According to the proposal, the city office may have provisions for filing cases and counter-affidavits, provide information on cases pending in the Supreme Court and offer certified copies.

“The branch may serve a limited purpose, but even then, it will save people a number of trips to the Capital on court-related matters,” said a senior official of the state law department.

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