Judge Lalit, who took over as the 49th Chief Justice of India on August 27, said the apex court had adopted a new system of case lists and, initially, was certain to have some issues.
“A lot has been said about everything, including lists and other things. Let me make it clear that we used this new style, a new enumeration. Of course there are bound to be some problems. Whatever has been reported is not the exact state of affairs. All of our judges are on the same page,” said Justice Lalit while speaking at a program hosted by the organization. Bar Association of the Supreme Court (SCBA) to trust him to become CJI.
Justice Lalit was apparently referring to media reports claiming that a high court bench expressed displeasure in its trial order over a mechanism for listing new cases due to the new CJI. launched to quickly deal with issues that have been pending for many years.
A bench made of Sanjay Kishan KaulThe current senior third judge in the top court, while adjudicating a criminal case, ordered, “The new list system does not take adequate time to bring up the issues that have been published. scheduled to adjudicate as is the case at present because of the number of issues during the period of the ‘Afternoon’ session”.
From August 29, when the system to list new cases began, until September 14, 5,200 cases were decided by the highest court, compared with 1135 new records, CJI said.
Justice Lalit said this was made possible thanks to the efforts of all other Supreme Court justices and attorneys.
“Actually, as a matter of fact, what Venugopal (Justice Minister KK Venugopal) told us that until yesterday, when we started on August 29, we were able to handle 5000 issues, 5200 to be exact compared to filing only around 1135. So the new application is 1135 and the processing is 5200. It’s all thanks to the efforts of the judges and all of you, the members of the bar.
“It is true that because of this change there have been certain instances and circumstances where issues are listed at the eleventh hour with the shortest possible notice. That has created a tremendous amount of work for the judges and advocates and I am truly indebted to all my brothers and sisters judges for handling things with a smiling face and a smile. that’s why we were able to handle 5200 cases compared to filing 1135. which means we were able to reduce arrears by assuming 4000, which is a good start,” said Justice Lalit. .
He said many cases are pending for a long time and have become complex and must be handled so they have been listed and the results will be made public.
CJI said he always dreamed that he could one day become a judge of the top court and his wife, always being aware of what was in his head so it was unnecessary and necessary to consult his wife when older brother. got a call actually asking him to be a judge.
“That’s why I said in one of the speeches that when it came and when Justice RM Lodha (then CJI) asked me to (be a judge), I didn’t even consult my wife. himself, it was in that context. It’s not as if… no husband could do such a thing without consulting his wife,” he said.
Regarding SCBA’s requests to include better libraries and facilities for attorneys, CJI said all he could do was promise he would appoint committees to review these requests and make a decision on this matter.
Revealing the secret behind his divergent argument as a lawyer, Justice Lalit said the person behind this is Attorney General KK Venugopal, who has always been a role model to him.
The way Venugopal argued and laid out the issue and its facts calmly made the whole court feel at ease, he said.
He concluded his speech by saying that he considers himself lucky to be a member of SCBA and that the profession of law and the bar association has taught him everything.
“Perhaps in two months when I cancel the office, this will be the final freeze on the case,” he said.
Speaking at the function, Venugopal said the lawyers were happy that the country had a CJI of unquestionable integrity.
“We are all delighted that one of us, a member of the SCBA, is holding the highest judicial post in the country. Only a few of us have had the privilege of being lifted directly to the bench of Supreme Court of India. But what is unique about Chief Justice Lalit is that he is the second member from the bar of the Supreme Court who has attained the high post of Chief Justice of India, the first being Judge SM Sikri,” he said.
Venugopal said that despite the heavy workload and pressure to achieve higher processing rates, Justice Lalit has not compromised on quality and has always been consistent in extending an extremely patient hearing on the case. with every piece of advice before him and ensure that one always leaves his court with the satisfaction of being fully heard.
Under the new system, judges of the highest court work in two different shifts.
The new system stipulates that every Monday and Friday, 30 judges must sit a combination of the two and deal with more than 60 miscellaneous issues of each bench, including new PILs.