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November 22, 2017

PILs to be distributed across 8 Division Benches: Bombay HC

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The Bombay High Court will distribute different categories of Public Interest Litigation (PILs) among different Division Benches to facilitate fast disposal of cases.

According to an administrative order issued by the High Court, 20 categories of PILs will be distributed and each bench would be headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur, Justice VK Tahilramani, Justice Naresh H Patil, Justice SS Kemkar, Justice AS Oka, Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice BR Gavai.

The court has also decided to allow a Special Bench of two women judges to hear PILs pertaining to the cases related to women and children.

The court also made it clear that the PILs that have been specifically allotted to a Bench or have been disposed of; but kept pending for compliance, will not be affected by this order.

The order said, “This administrative order, however, will not affect the Public Interest Litigations that are disposed of till date and are kept pending for compliance etc. Such Public Interest Litigations which are kept pending for compliance/directions etc. shall be with the same Court to which it is assigned prior to this order.”

“The one hundred and thirty PILs pertaining to illegal constructions and the encroachment of government land will now be heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur along with the same number of matters pertaining to misappropriation of public funds, fraud committed by companies, and illegal allotment of work, among others,” it said.

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