On 16 December, 2020, a three-judge bench of the Apex Court headed by the Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and comprising Justices A. S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, had issued notice to the Centre, ministries of Law and Justice and Women and Child Development.
The Congress MP’s suggestion to allow the Standing Committee to “examine” the laws may be misplaced as it can only examine Bills, not Acts. It is prudent to wait for the report of the panel ordered by the apex court.
The state government had come to the Apex Court in appeal against the HC order. It had informed the Court that only the President can declare President's rule under Article 356 of the Constitution, which deals with the provisions in case of failure of constitutional machinery in a state.
According to the plea, the Apex Court being the custodian of the Constitution and should issue proper directions for implementation of the judicial charter in all the courts to decide the cases within 3 years and to break even and dispose of the backlog by 2023.