No proposal received from Lakshadweep administration to transfer jurisdiction from Kerala HC to Karnataka HC: Center to LS

THE the central government informed Parliament on Wednesday that it had not received any proposal from the Lakshadweep administration to transfer legal jurisdiction from the High Court of Kerala to the High Court of Karnataka.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju answered questions from Lok Sabha MPs Anto Antony, Rajmohan Unnithan and Hibi Eden.

Currently, the Kerala High Court exercises territorial jurisdiction over Lakshadweep.

In June, the Press Trust of India reported that the Lakshadweep administration had raised a proposal to move the Union’s territory from the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kerala to that of the High Court of Karnataka. However, the information was denied by Lakshadweep district collector S Askar Ali.

The report came at a time when several petitioners moved the Kerala High Court against so-called reforms that Administrator Praful Khoda Patel had proposed.

Thelma J. Longworth

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