Bench Provides a Framework of Issues
CJI Bobde retired on 23 April. When the case was listed on 27 April, J DY Chandrachud replaced him.
During this hearing, the Court clarified that it did not seek to ‘supplant’ High Courts. They had a broad jurisdiction under Article 226. And were better placed to understand ground realities. However, the Supreme Court cannot be a ‘mute spectator’ and has a complementary role to play in addressing national, systemic, and inter-state issues.
Since the bench and other counsel required time to go through the Union’s plan, the Court did not go into the substantive issues. They appointed two new amicus curiae: Senior Advocates Meenakshi Arora and Jaideep Gupta. The State of Rajasthan had also sought to correct a Delhi High Court order on seizing tankers. The Court directed them to approach the Delhi High Court instead.
The bench also passed an order providing a tentative framework of issues they wanted to handle. It included the following issues: