Will case allocation system in SC come into public domain for transparency
In a bid to bring about transparency in the allocation of sensitive cases, Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra is examining suggestions made by stakeholders.
He is likely to bring the system he is going to adopt for it into the public domain soon, sources close to him said.
They said that the listing of two petitions demanding an independent probe into the death of CBI special judge B H Loya before a bench headed by the CJI manifests that all issues, including allocation of cases, raised by the four senior-most judges in their controversial January 12 press conference, are being considered.
The Loya case petitions will come up for hearing on Monday.
The sources said that Justice Misra had held deliberations with fellow judges and had also taken into account the suggestions put forth by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and a clear-cut roster system is likely to be followed in the apex court for allocation of cases.
"The apex court registry is very likely to upload on its website the decision of the CJI on allocation of matters. The system will be brought in the public domain as to who will hear what categories of cases," a highly placed source said.
When contacted, SCBA President Vikas Singh said there was a demand from the bar to follow the roster system of allocation of work prevalent in the Delhi High Court.
"We are quite hopeful that the CJI in all likelihood is going to accept our suggestions and all misunderstanding that has come out in the open after the press conference of the four judges can be resolved," Singh said.
He said that a system for allocation of cases identical to that in the Delhi High Court is followed in the Bombay High Court.
During the press conference, the four judges - justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - had raised various issues, including the allocation of important and sensitive PILs, and questioned the manner in which the CJI was allocating them to a particular bench.
The PILs in the Loya case was one of them which were being heard by a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra who later rescued himself from it.
The list of the top court's business for January 22 had on January 19 shown that it has been referred to an appropriate bench and late in the evening the website showed that it will be heard by a bench headed by the CJI.
Sources said that some of the judges who are the future CJIs - justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud - have been holding parleys with the CJI to resolve the crisis that hit the judiciary after the January 12 presser.
They also said that the judges who have been having talks with the CJI for bringing the house in order were also not happy that the four senior-most judges went public with their grievances.
After January 18, there was no meeting between the CJI and the four judges as Justice Chelameswar was out of the national capital on a scheduled visit to Chennai and Bengaluru.
There is a likelihood that the CJI and the four judges would meet on Monday before the court commences hearings, the sources said.