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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi today rebuked the Supreme Court Registry in open court.
What triggered him was a mentioning by a lawyer who stated that her matter was deleted from the list. This was despite the fact that she had mentioned the matter last week and had been assured that the case would not be deleted.
CJI Gogoi turned to the Registry official and asked,
“What are your people doing? What is your staff doing? She had mentioned it last week also. Why are matters getting deleted? After two hours you will come up with different stories and say ‘this happened, that happened’.”
He ordered that matter not be deleted, while also remarking that one or two extra cases in the list will not make any difference.
This is not the first time the CJI Gogoi has pulled up the Supreme Court Registry. In May this year, the CJI came down hard upon the Registry for listing a case contrary to the previous order of the Court.
He had taken exception to the fact that the Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited v. Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association case was listed too soon.
He, therefore, refused to hear the case. Instead, the Bench headed by him passed an order seeking an explanation from the Registry.
In light of recent incidents that brought the integrity of the Supreme Court Registry under the scanner, it was reported that officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Police would be deputed to the Apex Court to keep a close watch on things.
Earlier this year, two court masters were sacked for tampering with an order of the Supreme Court in Ericsson’s contempt plea against Reliance Communications and Anil Ambani. Manav Sharma and Tapan Kumar Chakraborty were later arrested by the Delhi Crime Branch for apparently tampering with the order.