No planes for us, thank you, says apex court

May 9th, 2008 - 7:16 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) Saying a polite “Thank you, but no”, the Supreme Court Friday dismissed an advocate’s lawsuit demanding that airplanes be placed at the disposal of the superior courts of the country to allow judges to travel on official business. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan dismissed the suit, saying: “Thank You gentleman. But we do not need more than what is provided to us by the law.”

The petition for providing separate planes for the chief justice of India and the chief justices of high courts was filed by a Lucknow-based advocate after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court dismissed his petition Feb 12.

Advocate Ashok Pandey in his petition also demanded the highest security for the chief justice of India and the high court chief justices, akin to what is given to former and serving prime ministers and other constitutional dignitaries.

Pandey said that airplanes are provided not only to the highest constitutional authorities in the executive, but also to senior bureaucrats and leaders of the ruling party.

The advocate said every time the chief justice of India or chief justices of high courts have to travel, they either have to depend on the railways, road transport or requisition the state plane from the executive.

But they avoid asking for the favour due to their fierce concern for the independence of the judiciary, the advocate contended. He, therefore, sought aircraft be placed at the disposal of the chief justices as well.

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