On Friday, Chief Justice of India, S. A. Bobde and Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal discussed the alternatives to the limited space available at the premises of the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court was built in 1958 on 17 acres of land. Since then there has been a 50 times increase in the number of lawyers and a five-fold increase in the number of judges.
A large crowd has been a pertinent problem for the Supreme Court. Attorney-General reiterated his fears of getting run over by the crowd. He also recounted an incident where his subordinate had sustained injuries due to being pushed over and he himself being subjected to an elbow or two in his ribs.
Last year it had inaugurated a grand annexe building at the Appu Ghar site to house its administrative offices and lawyers’ chambers. It has been unable to reduce crowds and the judges are reluctant to shift to this state-of-the-art annexe complex. While senior advocate Indira Jaising and CJI lobbied for a new building, just like the Parliament had got.
The AG opined a new building that would be connected to the main building. The CJI further said that the Supreme Court was consulting an architecture firm which specialised in crowd circulation in public buildings. The apex court was also considering live streaming proceedings to help reduce the crowd coming into the court.