CJI Bobde
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"Petitioners invoking Supreme Court's jurisdiction in all matters like an omnibus jurisdiction", CJI SA Bobde

The Bench was hearing a petition which sought for exemption from payment of schools fees in Uttarakhand due to COVID-19.

Debayan Roy

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde today remarked that the Supreme Court's jurisdiction was being invoked in matters concerning all aspects as though it has "omnibus jurisdiction".

This remark came from the CJI while the Bench headed by him and comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna was hearing a petition which sought for exemption from payment of school fees in Uttarakhand due to COVID-19.

"Petitioners these days are invoking the jurisdiction of the court in all matters whether it be education or migrants... like an omnibus jurisdiction."
CJI SA Bobde

While some cases are "fact-intensive", there are other petitions which raise concerns that are "purely within the executive domain", CJI Bobde pointed out. And yet, these pleas find their way to the Supreme Court, it was implied.

When the Court refuses to hear the said matters or refuses to pass any orders, then the petitioners get disappointed regardless of the nature of the issues concerned in the plea, he went on to add.

"When we don't pass orders, they (petitioners) are sad"
CJI SA Bobde

The Court, having said so, asked the petitioner to approach the High Court with the plea.

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