21 October, 2020

‘Judges Are Not The CJI’s Subordinates’

Former SC Judge R.V. Raveendran responds to some questions about the administrative functioning of the Supreme Court that have flooded the public domain recently...

‘Judges Are Not The CJI’s Subordinates’
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2018-01-20T20:18:15+05:30

Justice (retd) R.V. Raveendran was a Supreme Court judge and member of the collegium when Justices Dipak Misra and Jasti Chelameswar were elevated and sworn in as SC judges. In this int­erview with Ushinor Majumdar, he responds to some questions about the administrative functioning of the Supreme Court that have flooded the public domain since the press conference by its four seniormost judges (after the Chief Justice).

Why is the power over the SC judges not concentrated in the hands of one Chief Justice?

The Supreme Court is the apex court in India. At the top of the pyramid is the Supreme Court and not the Chief Justice of India (CJI). The question of the CJI exercising power over other judges of the court does not arise, as the judges are not his subordinates, but his equals in the exercise of judicial power. The CJI is only the first among equals, with additional powers in areas of adm­inistration. All the judges, from the CJI to the juniormost, have equal judicial powers. Seniority does not...

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