HC bench works over­time to tackle 120 cases in a day

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ab­hi­nav.Garg@

New Delhi: A charged-up va­ca­tion bench of Delhi high court on Wed­nes­day set a record sorts by work­ing well past 11 in the night, with one of the last or­ders be­ing dis­missal of a plea by AAP leader San­jay Singh where he wanted direc­tions to en­sure pres­ence of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in the Par­lia­ment.

In its or­der signed late on Wed­nes­day night and up­loaded on the web­site on Thurs­day, a bench of jus­tices Sangita Dhin­gra Se­h­gal and C Hari Shankar termed Singh’s plea as “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated” and an abuse of the process of law, adding that such pe­ti­tions de­serve to be dis­missed with heavy costs. It also warned Singh against that “ad­ven­tur­ism” of this na­ture.

“Need­less to say the present writ pe­ti­tion can­not be a plat­form for ini­ti­at­ing a rov­ing and fish­ing en­quiry into the sit­tings of leg­is­la­tors in Par­lia­ment. Nei­ther do we find any ma­te­rial, in the writ pe­ti­tion, call­ing for is­suance of any such di­rec­tion to the Speaker,” the bench added.

While the judges of high court are on their an­nual va­ca­tion dur­ing the month of June, as per tra­di­tion, the court holds sit­tings thrice a week in a ro­tat­ing ros­ter sys­tem where judges are nom­i­nated by the Chief Jus­tice to sit dur­ing va­ca­tions. How­ever, jus­tices Dhin­gra and Hari Shankar were in for some heavy lift­ing on Wed­nes­day when they found them­selves flooded with an ar­ray of cases re­quir­ing ur­gent at­ten­tion. In fact, Singh’s case was just one of the 120 odd cases the bench took up for hear­ing and swiftly dis­posed of.

Ad­vo­cate Sumeet Verma, who was present in court till 11pm, told TOI that more than 100 mat­ters were dealt with by the judges on Wed­nes­day. “They were re­ally pa­tient with all lawyers. En­tire court staff of both the judges was work­ing till well past 11pm, while the judges dic­tated or­ders and signed them to en­sure lawyers get it the same day.”

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