• The new subject-wise roster, introduced by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as the master of roster, continues the legacy of his immediate predecessor Dipak Misra, keeping a tight grip on public interest litigation petitions.
• Among the Supreme Court’s 11 Benches, Chief Justice Gogoi’s court is dominantly in charge of fresh PIL petitions. Justice Misra, too, had kept the entire PIL jurisdiction with him.
• The new roster, which came into existence on October 3, allows certain PIL petitions, “allocated by the CJI,” to go to the number two judge, Justice Madan B. Lokur. This means no fresh PIL petitions will make their way to any other Bench.