CJI questions priority listing for corporate matters

CJI questions priority listing for corporate matters

Taking exception to lawyers frequently mentioning corporate matters for urgent listing, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Monday said he would streamline the system of mentioning urgent cases.

New Delhi, September 27

Taking exception to lawyers frequently mentioning corporate matters for urgent listing, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Monday said he would streamline the system of mentioning urgent cases.

The CJI, who was heading a three-judge Bench, made the comments after senior counsel CU Singh mentioned a corporate matter for priority listing.

NV Ramana, CJI

What of the poor?

There are pending criminal appeals, bail matters and other cases of people from weaker sections. They are lagging behind

Noting that cases of the weaker sections and criminal matters were taking a backstage, the CJI said, “We have to wait. We are streamlining the (mentioning) system and here corporations want their matters to be listed first.”

Referring to pending criminal appeals, family disputes and cases of poor people, the CJI said, “There are pending criminal appeals, bail matters and other cases of people from weaker sections. They are lagging behind.” After taking over as the CJI in April, Justice Ramana had discontinued the practice of allowing direct mentioning of cases for urgent listing before the Benches and has instead asked the lawyers to mention their cases before the designated official.

Instead, he had started a new system of mentioning cases for urgent hearings before top court officials instead of directly before Benches to ensure that senior lawyers were not given “special priority”. “We do not want to give any special priority to the senior lawyers and deprive the junior lawyers of opportunities. So this system was made, where all can make the mention before the mentioning Registrar”, he had said. — TNS

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