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Madras HC takes critical note of lack of coordination in Registry's Writ Section after same PIL gets listed twice

The PIL had called for a strict lockdown in Chennai in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. It had been dismissed as withdrawn after the state government announced a lockdown on June 19.

Meera Emmanuel

The inadvertent, duplicate listing of a PIL before the Madras High Court recently led the first Bench of the Court to caution the Registry to ensure that the listing of cases is streamlined “so that no future mistakes” occur (N Tamilarasu v. The Home Secretary, MHA).

Last week, the Bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthil Ramamoorthy found that a PIL that had already been withdrawn on June 16, was listed again before it.

The PIL had called for a strict lockdown in Chennai in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. It had been dismissed as withdrawn after the state government announced a lockdown on June 19.

However, the apparent lack of coordination within the writ section when it came to numbering petitions filed through e-mail and by hard-copy led the same PIL to be numbered afresh and listed with the same set of papers and the same set of counsel.

The Court, therefore, parted with a note of caution to the Registry to ensure that the same does not happen again.

“The Registrar (Judicial) shall take notice of the same and streamline the listing of cases so that no future mistakes are brought to the notice of the Court.”
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The petitioner in the matter was represented by Advocate V Vasanthakumar, for Advocate S John J Raja Singh.

Days after the order, on July 13, the Court also notified revised guidelines for the physical filing of cases and filing via email.

Notably, the guidelines specify that even for filing via email, the hard copies of the case papers would also have to be furnished before the case can be numbered.

Read the July 8 order:

N Tamilarasu v. The Home Secretary, MHA - July 8 order.pdf
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Read the revised guidlines for filing of cases dated July 13:

Guidelines for Filing - Madras HC - July 13.pdf
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