Plea challenging SOP for hybrid system rejected by Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court rejected a plea filed by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) challenging the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) put in place for the hybrid system of hearings at the apex court. The Supreme Court Bar Association in its petition had complained about issuing the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) by the Registry of Supreme Court without consulting with the Bar Association.

A divisional bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R Subhash Reddy contended that the court cannot entertain the plea and added that the matter should be dealt with by the administrative side of the Court and not the judicial side of the court.
Unsatisfied with the court’s order, SCBA President Vikas Singh took objection and stated,
“We have no choice but to take agitational path,” Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra also draws the court’s attention to the lack of
facilities in trial courts during the hybrid hearings, to which Justice Kaul responded,
“Let these issues be decided on the administrative side. You cannot find solutions to everything on the judicial side.”

Vikas Singh reappeared and stated, “If Your Lordships feel that the Supreme Court is above the law, we will have to take the law in our own hands.”

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