Posted on 20.03.17 by Satya Prasoon
The Summer Session of the Supreme Court began on the 20th of March 2017 and continues up to the 3rd of July 2017, the end of the summer vacations.
The Session has begun with the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for the appointment of judges finally being approved by both the judiciary and executive. The Chief Justice has declared that it is his priority to fill up the vacancies in the High Courts on a ‘war footing’. The previous Chief Justice of India, Justice Thakur, had been openly critical of the deadlock on the issue and had strongly objected to the delay in the appointment of judges.
The most talked about issue before the Supreme Court in this session will be the continuing issue of the proceedings against Justice CS Karnan. His ‘rejection’ of a non-bailable warrant for his presence before the Supreme Court represents a serious challenge to the power of the Court to carry out its functions. The case is slated to be heard on the 31st of March 2017.
This session will also see the retirement of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose on the 27th of May 2017. Justice Ghose was one of the judges in the Arunachal Pradesh President’s Rule case (Nabam Rebia v. Deputy Speaker) where he joined the majority judgment as delivered by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar (as he then was). He also delivered the operative judgment in the disproportionate assets case against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her niece Sasikala.
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