SC registry discriminatory in listing cases: Lawyer to CJI

NEW DELHI: A lawyer has in a letter to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde alleged that its registry, the executive wing of the court, indulged in discrimination while listing cases. The letter which was released to the media on Friday accused the registry of picking and choosing cases filed by a ‘few influential law firms and lawyers for early listing’.

“It is routine in the registry where some law firms/influential advocates are given preference by the section officers/registry. This is discrimination and against equal opportunity,” lawyer Reepak Kansal said in his letter. There was no grievance mechanism to deal with complaints against the registry, he said. The letter specifically referred to early listing of a plea made by a TV personality on multiple FIRs filed against him. The case was listed without pointing out any defects or reason why it should be heard urgently. The lawyer contended that it was beyond reasoning why the registry scrutinised papers of the said case late night and listed it suddenly even as it did not show on the list issued by the court for Friday.

The lawyer said he had filed a petition which has been kept pending by the registry and despite repeated complaints nothing was done to have it listed. He said he had filed the case on April 17 and it was yet to be listed for unknown reasons. He sent a copy of his letter to the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates On Record Association.

Listing of cases has created contention in the top court even earlier, with the board showing 60,000 pending this January. Though the system is computerised, doubts have often been raised on how prominent companies and leading personalities find it easier in getting an early listing. Registry officials have often been blamed for playing favourites. Irregularities have been hinted at, sometimes by judges in open court too but not much is known to have been done to make changes in the system.

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