Fact Check: No, Centre Has NOT Expanded Supreme Court Branches To Metros; Here’s The Truth

A post is going viral on social media which claims that the Centre has decided to set up regional benches of Supreme Court to other metropolitan cities like Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.

The Facebook post reads,Supreme Court in Chennai now Congratulations to Prime Minister Modi. The Central Government has decided to expand the branches of the Supreme Court to three locations, Chennai, Mumbai and Calcutta, for the first time since India’s independence, with the Supreme Court operating only in the capital Delhi. Those who are dissatisfied with the High Court judgments in all the states of India will last seek the Supreme Court. Only those who could afford it went to Delhi and appealed. Many poor people were affected by not being able to go to Delhi and prosecute without knowing the procedure. The Madurai branch of the High Court has become a boon for those who are unable to come to Chennai and file a case as the Madurai branch of the High Court has already come to Tamil Nadu. Similarly, the Central Government has decided to expand the branches of the Supreme Court to three locations: Chennai, Mumbai and Calcutta. That too will be a boon for the people living in the southern states as the Supreme Court is coming to Chennai. The coming of the Supreme Court branch in Chennai is considered to be beneficial not only to the people of Tamil Nadu but also to the people living in other southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala. Lawyers and the people of Tamil Nadu have been expressing their appreciation and congratulations to the Central Government led by the Prime Minister of India Modi for taking this historic decision.

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On searching with the keyword, we did not find any recent media report about expansion of Supreme Court to other metropolitan cities.

We found a report published by The Hindu on February 20, 2010, that read, ‘Supreme Court has rejected the Law Commission’s suggestion that the highest court in the land be split into a Constitution Bench in Delhi and Cassation Benches in the four regions’. The same request was also turned down by The Supreme Court in 2015, according to a report published by The Times of India on July 14, 2015.

We also searched and found that on August 4, 2021, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in reply to a question on ‘splitting the Supreme Court into Constitutional Court and Court of Appeal at Delhi and later one each in four parts of the country’, in Lok Sabha had said the matter is in court. He said, “In Writ Petition WP(C) No. 36/2016 on the establishment of National Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court vide its judgment dated 13.07.2016 deemed it proper to refer the aforementioned issue to Constitutional Bench for authoritative pronouncement. The matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court.”

Moreover, PIB Fact Check also debunked the viral claim in a tweet dated August 10.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral claim is false.

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