Basics of Suo Moto

• Suo moto means on its own motion
• It traces it’s origin from epistolary jurisdiction meant for speedy justice and helping the economically weaker section of the society.
• Taken in cases of contempt of court, reopening of old cases if new evidences are found, for new cases which need urgent attention.
• Recent case : problems of immigrant workers during the pandemic, Vizag gas tragedy, mid day meals case etc.
• Suo moto powers of Supreme Court are given in Article 131 of Indian constitution.

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