Chief Justice appoints special bench for social issues

In an unprecedented move Chief Justice of India, HL Dattu has set up a special bench of two judges to hear cases relating to social issues. Justice Dattu said the 'Social Justice Bench' will meet every week to handle Public Interest Litigation and other petitions on issues ranging from the availability of night shelters for the homeless, to whether children in government schools are being provided free mid-day meals, and the efficacy of the Public Distribution Scheme that is meant to provide poor families access to subsidised grain. The two judges who will handle the cases are Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice UU Lalit. Some 200 cases related to issues of social justice are currently pending in the Supreme Court. The court registry says 65 cases will be taken up in the first two weeks.