NEW DELHI: Come May 13, the Supreme Court will have a single judge bench to hear special leave petitions arising out of bail order and all kinds of transfer cases.
In the backdrop of growing pendency of cases, the decision of the apex court assumes significance, as for the first time since its inception a single judge bench will hear transfer petitions and special leave petitions arising out of bail orders with respect to offences punishable up to seven years imprisonment. Till now, the Supreme Court had a minimum of two judges hearing any case.
Court number 1, which is presided over by the Chief Justice of India, also sits in the combination of three judges. A notice from the apex court said that the competent authority in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 145 of the Constitution and with the approval of the President has amended the Supreme Court Rules, 2013, which were published in the Gazette of India on September 18, 2019.
The Supreme Court Rules, 2013, have been amended so that categories of matters which can be heard and disposed of finally by a single judge bench. (IANS)