Supreme Court of India

AUTHORITIES

The Supreme Court has original, appellate and advisory jurisdiction. Its exclusive original jurisdiction extends to any dispute between the Government of India and one or more States or between the Government of India and any State or States on one side and one or more States on the other or between two or more States, if and insofar as the dispute involves any question (whether of law or of fact) on which the existence or extent of a legal right depends. In addition, Article 32 of the Constitution gives an extensive original jurisdiction to the Supreme Court in regard to enforcement of Fundamental Rights. It is empowered to issue directions, orders or writs, including writs in the nature of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo warranto and certiorari to enforce them. The Supreme Court has been conferred with power to direct transfer of any civil or criminal case from one State High Court to another State High Court or from a Court subordinate to another State High Court. The Supreme Court, if satisfied that cases involving the same or substantially the same questions of law are pending before it and one or more High Courts or before two or more High Courts and that such questions are substantial questions of general importance, may withdraw a case or cases pending before the High Court or High Courts and dispose of all such cases itself. Under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, International Commercial Arbitration can also be initiated in the Supreme Court.

 

The appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court can be invoked by a certificate granted by the High Court concerned under Article 132(1), 133(1) or 134 of the Constitution in respect of any judgement, decree or final order of a High Court in both civil and criminal cases, involving substantial questions of law as to the interpretation of the Constitution. Appeals also lie to the Supreme Court in civil matters if the High Court concerned certifies : (a) that the case involves a substantial question of law of general importance, and (b) that, in the opinion of the High Court, the said question needs to be decided by the Supreme Court. In criminal cases, an appeal lies to the Supreme Court if the High Court (a) has on appeal reversed an order of acquittal of an accused person and sentenced him to death or to imprisonment for life or for a period of not less than 10 years, or (b) has withdrawn for trial before itself any case from any Court subordinate to its authority and has in such trial convicted the accused and sentenced him to death or to imprisonment for life or for a period of not less than 10 years, or (c) certified that the case is a fit one for appeal to the Supreme Court. Parliament is authorised to confer on the Supreme Court any further powers to entertain and hear appeals from any judgement, final order or sentence in a criminal proceeding of a High Court.

 

The Supreme Court has also a very wide appellate jurisdiction over all Courts and Tribunals in India in as much as it may, in its discretion, grant special leave to appeal under Article 136 of the Constitution from any judgment, decree, determination, sentence or order in any cause or matter passed or made by any Court or Tribunal in the territory of India.

 

The Supreme Court has special advisory jurisdiction in matters which may specifically be referred to it by the President of India under Article 143 of the Constitution. There are provisions for reference or appeal to this Court under Article 317(1) of the Constitution, Section 257 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, Section 7(2) of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969, Section 130-A of the Customs Act, 1962, Section 35-H of the Central Excises and Salt Act, 1944 and Section 82C of the Gold (Control) Act, 1968. Appeals also lie to the Supreme Court under the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969, Advocates Act, 1961, Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, Customs Act, 1962, Central Excises and Salt Act, 1944, Enlargement of Criminal Appellate Jurisdiction Act, 1970, Trial of Offences Relating to Transactions in Securities Act, 1992, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987 and Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Election Petitions under Part III of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections Act, 1952 are also filed directly in the Supreme Court.

 

Under Articles 129 and 142 of the Constitution the Supreme Court has been vested with power to punish for contempt of Court including the power to punish for contempt of itself. In case of contempt other than the contempt referred to in Rule 2, Part-I of the Rules to Regulate Proceedings for Contempt of the Supreme Court, 1975, the Court may take action (a) Suo motu, or (b) on a petition made by Attorney General, or Solicitor General, or (c) on a petition made by any person, and in the case of a criminal contempt with the consent in writing of the Attorney General or the Solicitor General.

 

Under Order XL of the Supreme Court Rules the Supreme Court may review its judgment or order but no application for review is to be entertained in a civil proceeding except on the grounds mentioned in Order XLVII, Rule 1 of the Code of Civil Procedure and in a criminal proceeding except on the ground of an error apparent on the face of the record.

Address :
Supreme Court of India, Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110001
supremecourt[at]nic[dot]in
011-23388922-24,23388942
011-23381508,23381584
Head
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde
12-04-2013 to 23-04-2021
Members Composition

Hon'ble Mr. Justice N.V. Ramana

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra

Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.F. Nariman

Hon'ble Mrs. Justice R. Banumathi

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit

Hon'ble Mr. Justice A.M. Khanwilkar

Hon'ble Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ashok Bhushan

Hon'ble Mr. Justice L. Nageswara Rao

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar

Hon'ble Mr. Justice S. Abdul Nazeer

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Navin

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Deepak Gupta

Hon'ble Ms. Justice Indu Malhotra

Hon'ble Ms. Justice Indira Banerjee        

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Vineet Saran

Hon'ble Mr. Justice K.M. Joseph               

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Hemant Gupta

Hon'ble Mr. Justice R.Subhash Reddy     

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Mukeshkumar Rasikbhai Shah

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ajay Rastogi

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sanjiv Khanna

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai  

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Surya Kant

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Aniruddha Bose        

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ajjikuttira Somaiah Bopanna               

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Krishna Murari (       

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat

Hon'ble Mr. Justice V. Ramasubramanian

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Hrishikesh Roy

 

Secretary General
Mr. Shri Virender Kumar Bansal
Structure