Chief Justice Will Decide The Case Roster: Supreme Court

| July 6 , 2018 , 11:51 IST

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Chief Justice of India is the master of the roster. The court also said that he only has the power to assign the cases.

The response of the apex court came in after the plea filed by senior advocate and former Union Law Minister Shanti Bhushan seeking clarification on the powers of the Chief Justice in assigning of the cases. He had opposed this in the plea saying that it would create chaos.

The court in it’s Friday verdict said, "There is no dispute that the Chief Justice is the master of the roster and allocates cases to Judges. The constitution is silent on the Chief Justice. Conventions and judgments over the time and accepted by all stakeholders that the Chief Justice is first among judges and the senior most in the council."

Earlier in January, Four top ranking judges after the Chief Justice - Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph had called an unprecedented press conference in which they took on the Chief Justice and said the situation in the apex court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things had taken place. The judges had also criticised the way sensitive cases were being assigned by Justice Misra to junior judges.

Justice J. Chelameswar retired earlier in June this year. 

Senior counsel Dushyant Dave and advocate Prashant Bhushan, who had appeared for Shanti Bhushan, had questioned the manner in which some "sensitive cases" were allocated to specific judges in violation of rules.

The apex court is also expected to hear the petitions in the Ayodhya dispute and Article 377 (criminalizing of homosexuality)