Consider amending rules to ensure cause titles of cases reflect State’s name: Supreme Court to Madras High Court

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The Supreme Court recently directed the Madras High Court to consider amending its rules to ensure that the State’s name is reflected in the cause title of criminal cases [Ilamaran versus The State Rep. By The Inspector of Police]
During the hearing of an appeal against a judgement of Madras High Court, the top court observed that the cause title does not reflect the State’s name in the criminal Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) coming from Tamil Nadu.

The bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice Sanjay Karol noted that other States in the country do not have such a practice of not mentioning the State’s name.

However, Senior Advocate S Nagamuthu pointed out that the omission in the cases from Tamil Nadu was by way of convention.

The Court then directed the authorities to examine whether the cause title in the criminal appeals from Tamil Nadu should also mention the name of the State in the cause title of the cases.

The Court was told that in Madras High Court also, the cause title in criminal matters does not show the State by name as a party. It is not discernible whether it is a matter of practice or of rules, the bench noted.

However, it stressed that the issue needs to be examined.

Hence, the Court directed the Registrar General of Madras High Court to bring the issue to the notice of the High Court Chief Justice.

“We direct that the Registrar General of the Madras High Court should bring this order to the notice of the learned Chief Justice in order to consider whether appropriate amendments in the Rules should be made, if there is no other impediment, to avoid the afore-noted omission in the cause title of cases,” the Court ordered.

Senior Advocate S Nagamuthu and advocates MP Parthiban, Priyaranjani Nagamuth, R Sudhakaran, T Hari Haran Sudhan, Bilal Mansoor and Shreyas Kaushal represented the petitioner.

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