New Delhi, September 24: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will resign on October 2 and before that, it is expected that he will deliver the Supreme Court's verdict on some important cases. From Sabarimala to Aadhar, it is expected that before the CJI leaves office, judgement on some of the cases will come out.
Misra wrote to the government recommending the name of Justice Ranjan Gogoi who will succeed him upon his retirement on October 2. CJI sent Justice Ranjan Gogoi's name after the Law Commission requested him to name his successor. Justice Gogoi is expected to take over as Chief Justice of India on October 3. Justice Ranjan Gogoi Set to Become Next Chief Justice of India: Who Is He?
Here is a list of a few major cases, where verdict can be expected before Misra resigns.
The bench headed by Justice Misra will deliver its verdict in the Sabarimala case. In an age-old tradition, women in the age group of 10 and 51 are barred from entering the temple. On August 1, the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on a ban on the entry of women. On the final day of the hearing, the Kerala government said the prohibition of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years from entering the Sabarimala temple is unconstitutional.
The Apex Court had reprimanded the authorities for not allowing women between the above-mentioned age and pointed out that it was against the constitutional mandate. Sabarimala Temple Case: Supreme Court Reserves Judgment on Women's Entry, Kerala Government Opposes Ban.
It is expected that the Bench headed by Dipak Misra would deliver its verdict on the validity of Aadhaar. According to a Times of India report, the verdict on the validity of Aadhar was challenged by a bunch of petitioners led by HC judge K Puttaswamy on the ground that it violated right to privacy of individuals. It was reserved four and a half months ago after a marathon 40-day marathon hearing session.
This is one of the key cases that has been reserved for the verdict. The question that the Bench would answer is whether a Mosque is essential for Islam. The bench will decide whether the dispute over the land, on which the 16th-century masjid stood prior to its demolition on December 1992 is required to be referred to a five-bench judge. This century-old case has been pending in the Apex Court for the last eight years.
Bhima Koregaon case:
The Supreme Court extended the house arrest of five rights activists, who were arrested from several cities in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. The petitioner, Romila Thapar argued that the arrests were a move to quell dissent. The Centre, however, argued that these people were a threat to national security and even questioned the rationale of bypassing the lower courts and the high court and approaching the Supreme Court.