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SC adopts new roster system, CJI Dipak Misra to hear PILs; order takes effect from 5 February

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday adopted a roster system for the allocation of matters to judges with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra deciding to keep to himself the public interest litigation (PIL) cases.

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

The order of the CJI was made public on the official website of the apex court.

The 13-page notification said a roster of the work for fresh cases notified under the order of the chief justice of India will come into effect from 5 February till further orders.

They had also made public a letter written by them to the CJI two months ago expressing their grievances, which, they claimed, were not addressed by the CJI.

"There have been instances where cases having far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution have been assigned by the chief justices of this court selectively to the benches 'of their preference' without any rationale basis for such assignment. This must be guarded against at all costs," the letter said.

After the press conference, there were hectic parleys involving judges of the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Bar Council of India (BCI) to defuse the crisis.

The SCBA, headed by its president Vikas Singh, had come out with a resolution that the apex court should follow a roster system for the allocation of matters to the judges as was prevalent in the Delhi High Court.

According to sources, some of the judges had also suggested to the CJI to examine the roster system prevalent in the Bombay High Court.

Sources close to the CJI said that he examined suggestions from stakeholders to bring transparency in allocation of cases

The names of these 12 judges are in the order of their seniority.

Published Date: Feb 01, 2018 16:27 PM | Updated Date: Feb 01, 2018 22:31 PM

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