Friday, December 1, 2023

CJI Chandrachud  defends Registry over listing

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Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud came to the defence of the Supreme Court Registry when it was pointedout that there has been a violation of rules after a matter was listed before another bench.

The observations were made by the CJI while a contempt plea in a case pertaining to Tamil Nadu cash-for-jobs scam was mentioned by Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan.

It was Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave who apprised the Court that the matter was to be listed before Justice Krishna Murari, but was assigned to another bench.

Dave said it is the duty of the Registry to follow rules.

CJI Chandrachud replied that it easy to criticize the registry, but it will only be after going through the entire matter that a call shall be taken.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta added by stating that the decision to list cases lies with the Chief Justice of India as master of roster, and all parties involved are obligated to accept the decision.

Dave putting his best foot forward and said that he has great faith in judiciary and his criticism is always objective and not subjective as he comes from a family where his father was a judge.

CJI said he would only speak after taking a look at the papers in the evening.

Advocate Sankaranarayanan who was present there mentioned that the case was previously dealt with by a bench of Justice V Ramasubramanian, which is why it was listed again before him. 

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal however said that this is something which should not be discussed before the Court.

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