New Delhi: Hours after assuming the
office of Chief Justice of India, Justice S H Kapadia on Wednesday
spoke his mind for conducting the business of the Supreme
Court by saying that any attempt to push frivolous PILs would
be dealt with sternly.
"Huge cost will be imposed for filing frivolous PILs,"
Justice Kapadia, who was heading a three-judge Bench on the
first day of his office as CJI, said during the hearing of one
such (public interest litigation) PIL.
The fact that there would be no softening of stand on
the issue became evident when some of the lawyers appearing in
PIL matters did not press for relief after getting the
slightest hint that the petitions were not going to be
However, his humanitarian approach was also clearly
visible when on a matter of labour and trade union, he said
that "whatsoever be the case, the workers should not lose
The style of proceedings by Justice Kapadia in the
CJI`s court witnessed a remarkable departure from his
predecessor Justice K G Balakrishnan.
The CJI said he would not continue with practice of
the oral mentioning of the matter at the start of the day,
which was prevalent till yesterday.
Justice Kapadia said the mentioning matter will come
to the Bench through the department concerned where it has to
be filed a day before and would be considered for listing only
after the lunch break next day.
"No oral mentioning. You have to come through
mentioning department," he said to the disappointment of
several lawyers who were waiting to mention their matters.
No sooner the new CJI came for holding the court after
he was sworn in, he was greeted by Attorney General G E
Vahanvati and Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium (as a
Chairman of Bar Council of India) and members of the Supreme
Court Bar Association.
Accepting their wishes, Justice Kapadia said, "I want a
pro-active Bar and not a reactive Bar."
He completed his business of the day in little more
than half-an-hour during which he heard 39 matters.
Some of the family members of Justice Kapadia were
present at the visitors` gallery of his court to watch the