CJI asks lawyers again not to men­tion unim­por­tant cases for ur­gent hear­ing

Millennium Post - - Mp Nation -

NEW DELHI: Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi asked lawyers again on Thurs­day not to seek ur­gent hear­ing of cases which are not “so ur­gent”, and said that oth­er­wise Bar’s priv­i­lege to men­tion such cases would lose rel­e­vance.

Jus­tice Go­goi, who took oath as 46th CJI on Oc­to­ber 3, has been say­ing that he would not al­low men­tion­ing of cases for ur­gent hear­ing till pa­ram­e­ters are laid and only cases of real ur­gency like ex­e­cu­tion of death penalty and evic­tion would be treated as ur­gent.

A bench com­pris­ing CJI and Jus­tices S K Kaul to­day again told the lawyers, stand­ing in the queue, to men­tion only those cases for ur­gent hear­ing “which can­not wait”.

“Men­tion­ing is a priv­i­lege given to the lawyers. By men- tion­ing non-ur­gent mat­ters,

lawyers will lose this priv­i­lege one day,” the CJI said. A coun­sel for BCCI also sought to men­tion for ur­gent hear­ing the plea say­ing that next cricket match was sched­uled on Oc­to­ber 29 and there are is­sues which needed to be dealt with on ur­gent ba­sis.

“Heav­ens will not fall,” the bench said, adding, “Re­gard

less of our views on Cricket, we will hear it only af­ter Dussehra va­ca­tion. You say the match is on Oc­to­ber 29.”

The bench said if every­body wanted ur­gent hear­ing then it will have to “ad­journ the Dussehra” va­ca­tion and asked whether the Bar would agree to that. The CJI had said ear­lier that steps were taken to en­sure that cases, filed in the Supreme Court, do not get deleted.

He had said that the apex court would to like hear as many cases as it can but all of them can­not be heard due to the paucity of time. He had as­sured lawyers that a sys­tem would be put in place to en­sure that once a case is listed for hear­ing, then it does not get deleted.

Prior to this, the CJI had said ear­lier that there would be no men­tion­ing of cases for ur­gent hear­ing and had said that “if some­body is go­ing to be hanged or evicted to­mor­row then we can un­der­stand (the ur­gency). Oth­er­wise there will be no men­tion­ing”.

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