Coming straight to the nub of the matter, let me begin at the very beginning by pointing out that after an unprecedented press conference by four senior-most Supreme Court Judges on January 12 over “selective” allocation of cases and amid subsequent parleys to resolve the huge rift, the frozen ice and the huge deadlock has now finally been broken. The Chief Justice of India – Dipak Misra on February 1 published a subjectwise roster for allocation of cases to various Benches. These would be implemented from February 5.
It must be recalled here that on January 12, the four seniormost Judges – Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph had in an unprecedented press conference alleged arbitrary conference alleged arbitrary allocation of work by the CJI and demanded transparency. It is purely because of their outspokenness that we see finally the CJI Dipak Misra relenting and agreeing to bring out roster to allot cases. Had they not spoken out in the media, things would have continued to simmer but nothing would have changed on the ground!
As per the roster, the Bench headed by Justice Chelameswar who is the senior-most Judge after the CJI even though he is due to retire soon would deal with matters related to judicial officers, employees of the Supreme Court, High Courts, District Courts and Tribunals for hearings. The Bench will also deal with matters like labour, indirect tax, land acquisition and requisition, compensation, criminal matters, etc.
Now coming to Justice Madan B Lokur. He has been allocated matters including service, social justice, personal laws, land acquisition, mines and minerals and consumer protection. He will also hear matters related to ecological imbalance, protection and conservation of forests throughout the country, protection of wild life, ban on felling trees and falling of underground water level. Justice Kurian Joseph’s Bench has been assigned to deal with matters including labour, rent act, family law, contempt of court, personal law etc. He will also hear matters related to religious and charitable endowments and all land laws and agriculture tenancies.
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
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