The apex court will now have a permanent five-judge constitution bench from October 1 reports The Times Of India.
The Supreme Court will have a permanent bench comprising of five-judge to adjudicate cases involving a substantial question of law as to the interpretation of the Constitution of India.
The Supreme Court Rules 2013 to provide for single bench sitting to deal with transfer petitions and special leave petitions arising out of bail orders with respect to offenses punishable up to seven years imprisonment are to be amended following the aforementioned constitution of a five-judge permanent bench.
The minimum number of five Supreme Court Judges is to sit for the purpose of deciding any case involving a substantial question of law as to the interpretation of this Constitution as provided under Article 145(3) of the Constitution of India along with Article 143 for the purpose of hearing any reference.
While hearing appeal, if court finds that the concerned appeal involves a substantial question of law as to the interpretation of the constitution the determination of which is necessary for the disposal of the appeal, such courts shall refer the question for opinion to a court constituted as required for this clause for the purpose of deciding any case involving such a question and shall on receipt of the opinion dispose of the appeal in conformity with such opinion.
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