Supreme Court Directs Implementation of Standard Operating Procedure for Filing Paper Books.

Case title: Anjumol V.A. and Ors V. Kerala Public Service Commission and Ors.

Case no: petition (s) for special leave to appeal (C) No. 13242/2021

Dated on: 16.04.24

Quorum: Hon’ble Mr. Justice J.K. Maheshwari and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjay Karol.

Facts of the case:

The Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (C) No. 13242/2021 is arising from final. Judgment and Order dated 04-06-2019 passed by the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala at Ernakulum) in OPKAT No. 62/2017.

Court’s  Analysis and Judgement 

The Hon’ble Supreme Court, while hearing the above case, has perceived various practical difficulties both on miscellaneous or non-miscellaneous days and some of them are as mentioned herein below:

(i) The Orders passed during the proceedings are not attached to the paper books;

(ii) In Service matters, the counsels for the Petitioner are not attaching the relevant Service Rules with Appendix in the SLP paper book or the same is not referred in the pleadings. The Rules, sometimes, are filed in piecemeal with Applications or with additional documents, due to which matters are postponed. This causes financial burden upon the parties and further results in delay in adjudication;

(iii) Counter Affidavits are sometimes attached to the main SLP paper book without flagging, inviting attention and sometimes as separate paper book which requires unnecessary search and wastage of time by the Judges;

(iv) Upon directions and after filing the convenience compilation, the same is not sent to the residential offices of the Judges either in hard copy or by way of email and even during the hearing;

(v) The IA number is not properly exhibited on its face. The Applications are not attached date wise, with paper books. This causes inconvenience to the Judges;

(vi) Other ancillary issues in various paper books is also causing difficulty in day to day court functioning.

In view of the above, the Secretary General and the Registry Officers, in particular the Registrar (Judicial) shall prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for properly maintaining the SLP paper books and also to eliminate the difficulties mentioned above. The SOP is to be notified after seeking appropriate orders from the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India. The due compliance shall be made as expeditiously as possible for efficient functioning of the court. Learned counsel for the parties were heard the hearing is concluded. The Learned State Counsel and the Counsels for Respondents are granted two weeks’ time to file affidavit clarifying how many persons have been appointed along with their qualifications and the status of the Petitioners in the present Special Leave petition.

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Judgement reviewed by- Parvathy P.V.

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