Clarify CJI’s role as master of roster: Shanti Bhushan files PIL in SC

Clarify CJI’s role as master of roster: Shanti Bhushan files PIL in SC

New Delhi: Senior advocate and former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan on Friday filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking clarification on the administrative authority of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) as the master of roster and for laying down the principles and procedure to be followed in preparing it for allocation of cases.
Shanti Bhushan filed the PIL through his advocate and son Prashant Bhushan who wrote a letter to the apex court’s secretary general stating that the matter should not be listed before a bench that includes the CJI.
In the letter, Prashant also said that it would be appropriate that the petition be listed before three senior-most judges of the top court for allocating it before an appropriate bench.
In the petition, CJI Dipak Misra has been named as one of the respondents along with the registrar of the Supreme Court.
The senior advocate has stated that the “master of roster” cannot be unguided and unbridled discretionary power, exercised arbitrarily by the CJI by hand-picking benches of select judges or by assigning cases to particular judges.