Report No. 79
In our opinion, the present disparity1 between the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu and other parts of India, which is primarily due to the accident of history, should be done away with as soon as possible, and the above territory should also be made subject to the jurisdiction of a High Court. Considering the fact that the population of the territory is not very large, it may not be feasible to have a separate High Court for it. It seems to us more appropriate to extend the jurisdiction of another High Court to the territory.
A circuit Bench of that High Court can sit in the territory for the disposal of cases arising in the territory. Creation of such a circuit Bench would obviate the necessity of people belonging to the territory being forced to go to any other State for approaching the High Court. It would also prevent the chance of cases arising in the territory getting submerged in the large number of cases of the State wherein the High Court already exercises jurisdiction. Not to post a circuit Bench of the High Court in this territory would necessarily cause heart-burning in the people belonging to the territory.
1. Para. 19.1, supra.