Registry Ruckus: Supreme Court Probes Delay in Adani Power Case Listing

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24-Jan-2024
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In a surprising turn of events, the Supreme Court faced scrutiny today over the alleged lapse in listing a case involving Adani Power. Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, representing Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, brought attention to the matter before a bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and PV Sanjay Kumar.

Dave expressed deep concern over the registry's failure to promptly list the case against Adani Power, deeming the situation "very disturbing." He pointedly remarked, "It is contempt if the government did it... but when the Registry defies court orders, should it not be viewed seriously?"

The bench responded by assuring an investigation into the matter and requested Dave to return later for further discussions. Dave, however, pressed for immediate action, stating, "It speaks very poorly on us as an institution."

Later in the proceedings, the Court informed Dave that the case would be listed for the next day, addressing the concerns raised over the delay. The petitioner, who was also present, highlighted a similar issue, expressing frustration over an extended delay in the listing of their Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

The controversy revolves around allegations by Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, asserting that an application by Adani Power was listed despite a final judgment in the main case. The letter from the Rajasthan discom to the Supreme Court registry emphasized the need to address this issue promptly as it questioned the integrity of the registry.

The Supreme Court had sought a report from the registry last year on the improper listing of Adani Power's application, raising concerns about an attempt to review a 2020 judgment after a lapse of more than two years without filing any review petition.

This incident sheds light on the challenges within the court's administrative processes and emphasizes the importance of maintaining transparency and integrity in case listings. The Court's proactive response to investigate and address the concerns reflects a commitment to upholding the principles of justice.

Author: Anushka Taraniya

News Writer, MIT ADT University