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Registry is nothing but an arm of this Court and an extension of its dignity: SC

The honorable Supreme court in its recent judgment titled Reepak Kansal Vs. Secretary-General, Supreme Court of India & Ors. in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 541 of 2020 acknowledged that the Registry is blamed unnecessarily for no good reasons. 

In this case, the petitioner contended that the Registry is following a selective policy while listing the cases before this court as only those cases are listed first which are specified by famous lawyers, law firms, etc.

The esteemed judge of this court Arun Mishra, while delivering the judgment said that the petitioner was slapdash and not serious while he made the allegations. He filed a writ application without due inquiries, and without collecting the requisite material. Such conduct was least expected of an officer of this Court. Petitioner ought to have been careful before casting of unnecessary aspersions on the Registry and staff of this Court.

Also, he said that nowadays it has become a widespread practice to blame the Registry for no good reasons. To err is human, as many petitions are filed with defects, and defects are not cured for years together. A large number of such cases were listed in the recent past before the Court for removal of defects which were pending for years. In such a situation, when the pandemic is going on, baseless and reckless allegations are made against the Registry of this Court, which is part and parcel of the judicial system.

Most importantly, it is expected of the lawyers to remove the defects effectively and not to unnecessarily cast aspersions on the system. A lawyer is supposed to be governed by professional ethics, professional etiquette, and professional ethos which are a habitual mode of conduct. He has to perform himself with elegance, dignity, and decency. He has to bear himself at all times and observe himself in a manner befitting as an officer of the Court.

Thus, it was observed that the Registry is nothing but an arm of this Court and an extension of its dignity. The bar is equally respected and responsible part of the integral system, registry is a part and parcel of the system, and the system has to work in tandem and mutual reverence. 

This article is written by Priya Bishnoi and edited by Rupreet Kaur Dhariwal.

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This article is written by Shaily Garg, a Fourth year B.Com. LLB (Hons.) Student of University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh.