In the past couple of weeks, two Supreme Court decisions have been ill-fated in that they were rendered meaningless due to split verdicts by 2-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India.
First one was the bail plea of Abdul Nasir Maudany, prime accused in the Bangalore bomb blasts of 2008.
Second was the decision in a PIL regarding an office of profit held by the IPL Chennai Super Kings owner and BCCI Treasurer N. Srinivasan.
There are two consequences of this:
- It renders the decision bad in the eye of the law – the precedential value of which having been reduced due to the split verdict.
- It creates an additional burden on the already overburdened Indian judiciary as now this incongruous decision will have to be resolved by a higher 3-judge bench.