Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Says, No Urgent Hearing Till Parameters Fixed

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Says, No Urgent Hearing Till Parameters Fixed

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Says, No Urgent Hearing Till Parameters Fixed 

New Delhi:  The 46th Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a new roster hours after taking oath, in which he kept most of the Public Interest Litigations with himself.  Justice Madan B Lokur, will be hearing some cases. 

"No urgent mentioning of cases will be allowed" till certain "parameters" are fixed for it, the new Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. "We will work out the parameters then we will see as to how mentioning will be done... If somebody is going to be hanged tomorrow, then we can understand (urgency)", Chief Justice Gogoi said.

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Justice Gogoi's oath was administered by the President, Ram Nath Kovind at a brief ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan's Darbar Hall this morning. Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of a little over 13 months and would retire on November 17, 2019.

After four of the court's most senior judges held an unprecedented press conference to flag their concerns on the issue, the rostering of the Top Court's  judges had made headlines in January. Cases of national importance, they said, were being assigned to judges who are lower in the top court's hierarchy.

Following this,  a petition was also filed on the issue, a two-judge bench of the top court upheld the verdict of two earlier benches, declaring that the Chief Justice of India was the "master of the roster".

"The Chief Justice has the role of first among equals and is empowered to exercise leadership in administration of the court which includes assignment of cases," said Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who was the object of criticism, thereafter put up the roster in the website of the top court.

Chief Justice Misra, in his last weeks had head the five-judge constitution bench, had taken calls on a record number of cases that had a huge impact on the country's social fabric. A series of landmark verdict were delivered by the former CJI Dipak Misra. The verdicts includes, gay rights, adultery and entrance for woman in Kerala's famous Sabarimala temple.


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