The Chief Justice is the “master of the roster” and has the power to assign cases, the Supreme Court ruled today in a petition by former law minister Shanti Bhushan.
Shanti Bhushan’s petition had called for a panel of senior judges to decide on the rostering of judges and assigning of cases.
The government’s top lawyer had opposed it, saying it will result in chaos.
In April, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra held that the Chief Justice was “master of the roster” who alone has the power to decide on the allocation of cases, virtually setting at rest the controversy raised by four of its next senior-most judges.
“There is no dispute that the Chief Justice is the master of roster and allocates cases to Judges. The constitution is silent on the Chief Justice. Conventions and judgements over the time and accepted by all stake holders that the Chief Justice is first among judges and senior most,” said the Supreme Court.