CJI puts roster system in place, keeps PILs with him

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Feb 2018 09:12:15



CHIEF Justice of India Dipak Misra on Thursday put in place a roster system for allocation of cases in the Supreme Court in what could be a move to address the grievances by four-senior most judges over assigning matters that sparked an unprecedented judicial crisis.

Justice Misra has kept to himself the public interest litigation (PIL) cases under the roster system that will come into effect from February 5. Previously, the cases in apex court were assigned by the CJI in his capacity as master of the roster. The CJI also allocated to the bench headed by him the petitions based on letters, election cases and matters pertaining to contempt of court and constitutional functionaries. The order of Justice Misra was made public on 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 CJI will come into effect from February 5 till further orders.

The decision to make public the roster system assumes significance as the four seniormost judges -- justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph -- in their January 12 press conference had questioned the allocation of sensitive PILs and important cases to judges junior in seniority and sought transparency.

The notification has given the category of matters that would be allocated to the benches headed by the CJI and 11 other judges -- justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur, Joseph, A K Sikri, S A Bobde, R K Agrawal, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, A K Goel and R F Nariman.

As per the roster, the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar would deal with matters like labour, indirect tax, land acquisition and requisition, compensation, criminal matters, etc.

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Justice Mishra, who heads a bench, has been divested of the PIL matters. He had recently recused himself from hearing the PILs related to the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was dealing with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Four seniormost top court judges -- J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph -- in their controversial January 12 press conference had questioned, among other issues, the allocation of PILs on Loya to him.