Lordship : CJI’s Power To Allocate Cases Absolute, Rules SC

The Supreme Court on Friday reiterated it’s position stating that the Chief Justice of India is the “Master of Roster”.

A two-judge bench, comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan clarified that CJI’s role cannot be interpreted to include the Collegium when it comes to the allocation for cases as it will make day-to-day functioning difficult.

The apex court disposed the petition filed by senior advocate Shanti Bhushan observing that “Erosion of respect for Judiciary in public minds is the greatest threat to the independence of the institution”.

Justices Sikri and Bhushan delivered two separate but concurring judgements upholding the prerogative of the CJI in allocating cases.

Recating to the ruling, advocate Prashant Bhushan representing Shanti Bhushan tweeted “Sad that SC today ruled how CJI can unilaterally decide allocation of cases. 4 judges pointed out in the PC that CJI was bausing his powers in allotting sensitive cases like Loyas’s, medical college scam etc. Unfortunate that SC has not insulated itself from abuse of CJI’s powers”.

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