Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

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Be­fore hold­ing a press con­fer­ence, the apex court judges had writ­ten a let­ter to the CJI to ad­dress their griev­ances. But since the CJI did not re­spond, the judges did the right thing by mak­ing their dis­plea­sure pub­lic. Though the CJI can ex­er­cise his right to al­lo­cate im­por­tant and sen­si­tive cases to judges that he deems fit, it can­not be done in an ar­bi­trary man­ner. This is not an ap­pro­pri­ate way be­cause it re­sults in ex­pe­ri­enced and se­nior judges be­ing left out. Un­til the cri­sis is re­solved, the best way is to al­lo­cate sen­si­tive cases to a five-judge con­sti­tu­tion bench. Deven­dra Khu­rana

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