Activist Saket Gokhale files RTI with Supreme Court, seeks status on pending bail applications, time taken for listing amidst allegations of preferential treatment to Arnab Goswami


Activist Saket Gokhale has filed an RTI application with the Supreme Court seeking status on the total number of pending bail applications and time taken for the listing of these applications for hearing. The development came after the Supreme Court sensationally heard Arnab Goswami’s bail application on priority prompting many to question the top court’s integrity.

Taking to Twitter, Gokhale wrote, “Filed an RTI with Supreme Court of India asking: (a) number of total pending interim bail applications
(b) average time taken for listing of interim bail applications.This is pertinent in the context of urgent listings for some people & protection of personal liberties.”

In his RTI application, addressed to Ajay Agrawal, Additional Registrar of the Supreme Court, Gokhale asked, “Please state the current backlog/number of cases of interim bai! Applications pending with the Registry of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that haven’t had a first listing yet as on 12/11/2020/. Please state the average waiting period between filing of interim bail applications with the Registry and their listing in front of the appropriate Hon’ble Bench.”

The Supreme Court Bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee on Tuesday listed Goswami’s bail application for an urgent hearing on Wednesday. Chandrachud later summarily ordered Goswami’s release from jail making adverse remarks about the Bombay High Court, which had refused to grand Goswami a bail.

Justice Chandrachud came for public criticism from activists with even the Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave qraising questions on the top court’s integrity. Dave had asked if the special treatment extended to Goswami was at the behest of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.


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