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Chhattisgarh HC at Bilaspur

By Our Legal Correspondent

NEW DELHI, OCT. 27. The Government has issued a Presidential notification to the effect that the High Court of Chhattisgarh State, to be formed on November 1, would be situated at Bilaspur.

The notification has been issued under Section 21 (2) of the Madhya Pradesh Reorganisation Act. This will be the 19th High Court. Accordingly the High Court of Madhya Pradesh with Benches at Gwalior and Jabalpur will be bifurcated.

Meanwhile, the process of appointing the Acting Chief Justice (CJ) and other Judges to the new High Court from among the Judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has been set in motion and according to the sources, the matter is pending with the Supreme Court. The Centre has also finalised segregation of cases to be posted before the Chhattisgarh High Court. Once the appointment of the Acting CJ and other Judges are made, these cases would be transferred to the new High Court.

Similarly, the Centre has decided to locate the High Court of Jharkhand State at Ranchi, where a Bench of the Patna High Court is already functioning. For Uttaranchal, the High Court will be located temporarily at Nainital, where the summer Raj Bhavan will be made into a court building with all facilities.

UNI reports from Jabalpur:

Mr. Justice R. S. Garg would be the first Acting CJ of the Chhattisgarh High Court. According to official sources, Mr. Justice Garg has already given his assent in the matter to go to the new State.

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