Justice Ranjan Gogoi, immediately after took over as the Chief Justice of India came out with a new roster allocating cases to various benches, and decided that the Public Interest Litigation matters will be heard by him and a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, who is next in seniority to him.
After the swearing-in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Justice Gogoi came back to the Supreme Court and presided over the bench along with Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph in Court number 1, the CJI’s court.The new CJI began the day by telling lawyers that fresh parameters would be worked out for mentioning the matters for hearing of cases which require hearing on priority and urgent mentioning.
He said that no urgent mentioning of cases will be allowed till certain parameters are fixed for it. “We will work out the parameters, then we will see as to how mentioning will be done,” he added, The bench headed by him will also deal with the matters relating to social justice, elections, company law, Monopoly and Restricted Trade Practices, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Security Exchange Board of India, Insurance and Reserve Bank of India.
Justice Gogoi has also kept with himself matters concerning arbitration, habeas corpus, criminal cases, contempt of court and ordinary civil matters. His bench will also deal with the issues relating to the appointment of Constitutional functionaries, statutory appointments and appointment of other law officers.
It may be recalled that the issue of allocation of cases had led to a big controversy in January this year when four senior judges of the Supreme Court including Justice Ranjan Gogoi held a press conference. The four judges – others being Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph – had protested the manner in which cases were being allocated to different benches by the then CJI Dipak Misra.