Panaji: Goa MP Shantaram Naik on Sunday said he
will revive his demand for a separate High Court for Goa,
which he had made almost 25 year ago as a bar council leader.
Naik said that he will raise the demand during the
forthcoming monsoon session of Rajya Sabha.
The demand for separate High Court for Goa cropped up
after lawyers began protesting suspension of Additional
District and Sessions judge, Desmond D`Costa.
The judge was suspended by the High Court, allegedly for
expediting case of serial killer Mahanand Naik.
The Panaji Bench of Bombay High Court was established on
October 30,1982, pending the demand for a full-fledged High
Court for Goa as contemplated under the Constitution.
Naik, former chief of South Goa Advocates Association,
said he did not pursue the demand after the bench was
established in Goa as there was split within the lawyers.
Several rallies and public meetings, recently held in Goa
to protest against the suspension of D`Costa, had raised the
demand for a separate High Court for the state.
Naik said he was happy to learn that a consensus is
developing for a full-fledged High Court.
"One cannot forget that Goa had a full fledged High Court
with five sitting judges having jurisdiction not only over the
areas of Daman and Diu but had the jurisdiction over
Portuguese colonies of Macau and Timor, for about four
centuries", he said referring to the Portuguese era, which
ended in 1961 with Goa`s liberation.
Even the court of Judicial Commissioner, established in
the Union Territory of Goa after liberation, was nothing less
than the High Court, the MP said.
"In fact, the bench of the Bombay High Court is much
lower in judicial status than the then Court of Judicial
commissioner", he added.