Despite lawyers from Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli pushing for a circuit bench in Kolhapur, the chances of Pune getting an HC Bench remains high as it had applied much earlier. The delegation which recently met the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Mohit Shah, said authorities are more positive about setting up the bench in Pune rather than in Kolhapur.
The delegation of representatives of Pune Bar Association (PBA), Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa (BCMG) will meet the special committee constituted by the Justice Shah to examine the demand of circuit bench at Pune this week.
“The two-member committee comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice S J Vazifdar will meet the Pune delegation this week. Justice Chandrachud will return from abroad on Monday. We will finalise the day and time and will meet him this week,” said advocate Sureshchandra Bhosale, a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.
The committee was set up after Pune lawyers kept away from court proceedings for two days in protest against the move to set up the circuit bench at Kolhapur. On the second day of the strike, Justice Shah met a delegation from Pune and decided to set up a committee to re-examine the Pune proposal.
“He was positive about the proposal. He asked us if it would be feasible to bring Ahmednagar district under the purview of the Bench along with Pune, Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur. The things will be more clear after the upcoming meeting with the committee,” said Bhosale.
Insiders say though Kolhapur lawyers have taken the stance that they would not object if both Pune and Kolhapur get the circuit benches, such a move is very unlikely. “It would be either Pune or Kolhapur,” the insider said.