SC publishes procedures on dealing with complaints

SC publishes procedures on dealing with complaints

The Supreme Court (SC) has gone public with its in-house procedure, devised 18 years ago, to deal with complaints against sitting high court (HC) and apex court judges, publishing the details on its official website. 

The move comes following direction issued by a two-judge bench on December 18 to its registry to put on the website the procedure devised in 1997. The court had noted that the Madhya Pradesh HC could not follow in letter and spirit the procedure while forming a panel to tackle the complaint of sexual harassment by the woman judge against a sitting HC judge.  

While quashing the two-judge panel, the court had divested the MP HC judge of administrative and supervisory functions. “In view of the importance of the in-house procedure, it is essential to bring it into public domain. The Registry of the Supreme Court of India is accordingly directed to place the same on the official website,” the court had ordered.

The procedure was laid down for taking suitable remedial action against judges who do not follow the accepted values of judicial life, including the ideals expressed by the Supreme Court in the “Restatement of Values of Judicial Life”.  

A committee consisting of three judges, then in the Supreme Court, namely Justices S C Agrawal, A S Anand and S P Bharucha, and then two senior-most Chief Justices of High Courts—Justices P S Misra and D P Mohapatra (of the Andhra Pradesh HC and the Allahabad HC, respectively)—had formulated the procedure. 

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