NEW DELHI :
The Supreme Court shall hear on Friday a plea challenging the Delhi Government’s vehicles rationing scheme in Delhi to curb Delhi pollution.
Post the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi's direction to mention matter before Justice SA Bobde, a Noida-based advocate Sanjjiv Kkumaar mentioned the case before Justice Bobde his petition challenging the Delhi Government’s odd-even scheme on vehicles to curb Delhi pollution. The bench accepted his plea for urgent hearing and tagged his case with other similar petitions being heard by the division bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.
The petitioner alleges that the odd-even scheme is arbitrary, contrary to statutory provisions and is nothing but a "political and vote bank gimmick".
On 4 November, a two judge bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta had asked the Delhi government to file a report with before and after data as to what it was achieving from the odd-even scheme by stopping plying of cars that are less polluting compared to two and three-wheelers and taxis.
The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday had asked all the advocates and litigants to ‘mention’ their cases before Justice S A Bobde from today on wards. Since Justice Gogoi shall retire on 17 November, this is the second last week before he demits his office. Justice Bobde will take over his office and will be the 47th Chief Justice of the country.
A case which is not listed in the cause list of the Supreme court can be only mentioned before the Chief Justice as he is the court’s administrative head and master of roster.
The ‘mentioning’ of the cases are done for those cases which are not formally listed in the cause list of the day. So the advocates representing a particular case would mention his case before the Chief Justice entailing the importance of the case and why it should be urgently listed. The Chief Justice then decides as to whether the case is fit for urgent listing.