NOIDA, March 23 -- The Supreme Court hear only "extremely urgent" cases in the coming week, signalling a near-complete shutdown of the apex court. The decision was taken by Chief Justice SA Bobde after consulting his colleagues.

There will also be facility to conduct hearing through video conferencing . In order to get the case listed before the bench, the advocate concerned should indicate the extreme urgency of the matter in writing which will then be listed at the discretion of the judge who presides the bench.

Rooms with requisite facilities for this purpose in the Supreme Court premises will made available for the convenience of the lawyers.

The composition of the bench is not yet known.

On Monday, however, two benches both headed ...