‘Bribe to procure judicial orders’: SC verdict today

‘Bribe to procure judicial orders’: SC verdict today

‘Bribe to procure judicial orders’: SC verdict today

By / India News / Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:19

New Delhi,
The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a petition filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal seeking setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) under the supervision of a retired Chief Justice of India to probe allegations of bribery to procure judicial orders in a medical college admissions case.

The 90-minute hearing before a three-judge Bench of Justices RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar was not so volatile compared to what transpired before a Constitution Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra on Friday afternoon, when advocate Prashant Bhushan had stormed out after being repeatedly interrupted by other lawyers and the Bench.

The three judges were also part of the five-judge Constitution Bench that on Friday reiterated supremacy of the CJI in setting up Benches.

Before reserving its verdict for Tuesday, the Bench made it clear it would decide only two issues — if filing of two identical petitions amounted to forum hunting and if the allegations made against the CJI amounted to contempt.

It refused to entertain arguments from senior counsel Shanti Bhushan, representing Jaiswal, against Friday’s Constitution Bench that asserted the CJI’s authority as “the master of the roster”.  

Shanti Bhushan pointed out that the order passed by a two-judge Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar on Thursday was still valid and under Article 144, all civil and judicial authorities, including the CJI, were bound to obey it. Terming the allegations in the petition disturbing, Justice Chelameswar had referred it to a Constitution Bench of top five judges.

Justice Mishra, who did most of the talking, said prima facie the allegations amounted to a deliberate attempt to scandalise and denigrate the institution of CJI. Justice Agrawal spoke only twice — to ask for submissions on merits and then to reserve the verdict, while Justice Khanwilkar did not speak at all, not even after the petitioner demanded his recusal.

Prashant Bhushan repeatedly clarified that there were no direct allegations against the CJI and that the petitions were filed due to seriousness of the allegations in the CBI FIR that named a former Justice of Odisha High Court, IM Quddusi, and certain unnamed public servants.

Quddusi was arrested along with Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences’ chairman BP Yadav, his son Palash Yadav and three others.


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