Supreme Court to hear Indira Jaising’s Senior Designation challenge on March 22

The Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by Senior Advocate Indira Jaising challenging the process of designating lawyers as Senior Advocates on March 22.

The matter today came up today before a Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Ashok Bhushan.

The Bench granted permission to Jaising to appear and argue in-person. It then initially set a date of April 11 to finally hear the matter.

However, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was also present for the hearing, said that Senior designations have been put on hold in the Supreme Court and two High Courts – Bombay and Delhi – due to this case.

Jaising then said that she was ready to argue the matter anytime, whereupon the Bench listed the case for final hearing on March 22.

Earlier, a Bench presided by Justice TS Thakur had heard the matter but did not give a judgment; instead it passed an order that the matter would be heard afresh.

Bar & Bench had conducted a survey on the topic last year. The results revealed some interesting numbers; around 56% of the respondents were in favour doing away with Senior designations altogether.