The Supreme Court on Friday has reserved its order on a plea against Pick And Choose Policy of Registry and Its Section Officers in Listing Cases
The bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Abdul Nazeer was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Reepak Kansal seeking direction to the Registry not to discriminate, humiliate the litigants and to give equal treatment to all litigants by avoiding Pick and Choose Policy as adopted by the Registry and its Section Officers.
The petitioner has alleged that the Section Officers of the Registry give preference to some law firms and influential advocates for reasons best known to them.
The bench during the course of hearing today asked the petitioner “Why are you making such reckless charges against Registry and section officers? Why can’t you be more responsible?
The bench further remarked “they are working day and night for you people.This has become a trend today. You should not have filed such petitions.”
The petitioner has highlighted in his petition instances where the Registry and its sections Officers immediately cleared and listed non categorized cases in late hours without pointing out defects and following procedure as per notification.
The petitioner has further alleged that the Registry and its Section Officers take several days to check and point out the defects if it is filed by an ordinary petitioner or lawyer, however they list the cases within few minutes by ignoring the defects and procedure if, it is filed by any influential lawyer or petitioner.
It has been further alleged that the registry has harassed the petitioner by demanding excess fee and charges and pointing out unnecessary and false defects with an intention to delay the cases and has also illegally de-tagged the matter by ignoring the direction of the Supreme Court.
Seeing the disparity and discrimination on the part of Registry, the petitioner made a complaint to Secretary General of the Supreme Court against the illegal activities of Registry, however the Registry did not respond to the Secretary Generals notice.
The petitioner being member of SCBA, also requested to Secretary /executive members of SCBA against the Registry for not listing the said Writ Petition. Seeing partiality in the part of Registry, the SCBA drafted a Resolution against the illegal activities and discrimination in part of Registry which is still pending.
The petitioner has urged the Court “to take action against the erring officer for their involvement in listing, clearing and bench hunting.”
-India Legal Bureau