In one of the most sensational disclosure ever made in my life time, I was most astonished to read in the Hindi edition of Hindustan newspaper dated July 24, 2016 on page 4 that RPN Singh who is one of the leading Congress national spokesperson and former Union Minister whom we all keep hearing in various news channels saying that, “In Congress government’s rule in Centre, Kapil Sibal who was Union Law Minister had written very categorically to UP Government for creating a high court bench for West UP at Meerut and asked the State Government to make available land for creating a high court bench in Meerut. But the request was not granted.” It is most hurting to learn that for more than 9 crore people of West UP, the then Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal wanted a bench to be created at Meerut but the State Government refused and did not grant the land for creating a bench in Meerut!
Rajnath Singh who is number 2 in the present NDA government holding Home Minister portfolio too recently assured the creation of high court bench at the earliest when a delegation of lawyers from West UP met him. He had even while in Opposition assured the creation of a bench in West UP if his party came to power in Centre! He admitted that there was a dire need of a bench in West UP. Two years have already passed since this government came to power in Centre and now it must walk the talk and waste no time in creating a high court bench in West UP. Where the bench is created is not relevant. What is relevant is that a bench must be created at the earliest as the people have to travel so far all the way to Allahabad which is about 750 km away on an average from most of the districts of West UP and suffer all sorts of inconveniences! But still we see no bench being created not just in West UP but anywhere in UP except the one at Lucknow! Most disgusting!
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.