A delegation of top officials of Bar Councils of five southern States - Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala met Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday and gave a representation for creation of a Bench of the Supreme Court of India in south India. .The delegation comprised Bar Council of Telangana chairperson A Narasimha Reddy, Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh chairperson Rama Rao Ghanta, Bar Council of Tamil Nadu chairperson Amal Raj PS, Bar Council of Karnataka chairperson L Srinivasa Babu, Bar Council of Kerala vice chairperson, Anil Kumar KN, Bar Council Member of Telangana Konda Reddy and ex lawmaker from Telangana, N Ramchander Rao. In January this year, Bar Councils of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala had come together and unanimously demanded a bench of the Supreme Court in south India. The councils said they made the demand keeping in mind the difficulties faced by people from south, who end up relinquishing the idea of accessing the highest court of justice due to lack of reach and their inability to afford the costs of conducting cases in Delhi where the Supreme Court of India is situated. .In this regard, a webinar was conducted by Telangana Bar council member B Konda Reddy which was attended by the representatives of the five southern Bar Councils.It was unanimously resolved to request all the State Legislative Assemblies and Legislative Councils to pass resolutions and send them to the Centre seeking a bench of the apex court in South India..In November 2019, MDMK General Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko had raised in the Upper House of Parliament, the long-standing demand of setting up a bench of the Supreme Court in south India for the convenience of litigants.Vaiko had said a bench of the Supreme Court in Chennai will ease the backlog of cases in the apex court.He had claimed that the cost of travelling to New Delhi was preventing South India’s marginal and poor from accessing the Supreme Court.