On the PIL filed by the Pondicherry based lawyer V. Vasanthakumar to establish a National court of appeal, a three judge bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur held that rather than dismissing the PIL, I would suggest for a debate to happen on this subject and asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who appeared for the Centre and parties to first sit together and “discuss among themselves, identify broad parameters on which debate can happen. The court said that we are not going to amend the constitution, whatever we will do that would be something within its parameters. The next hearing has been fixed on Thursday at 10:30 AM.
Amicus Curie in the case SR. Advocate K K Venugopal framed three questions in the case which are as follows:
- With access to justice having been declared to be a fundamental right, would the said right stand denied to litigants, due to the unduly long delay in the disposal of cases in the Supreme Court?
- Would the mere increase in the number of judges be an answer to the problem of undue delay in disposal of cases and to what extent would such increase be feasible?
- Would the division of the Supreme Court into a Constitutional wing and an appellate wing be an answer to the problem?
The above matters shall be discussed in the next hearing and shall be answered by the centre in the affidavit.
By – Ankit Tripathi