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Petition Against Judges Attempt to Scandalise Court and Judiciary, Says Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 14 Nov 2017 11:41am

Image courtesy: ‘No.2 Court Had The Authority Under Article 142 To Refer The Bribery Matter To The Constitution Bench’: Shanti Bhushan Petition Against Judges Attempt to Scandalise Court and Judiciary, Says Supreme Court

A bench of Justices R K Agrawal, Arun Mishra and A M Khanvilkar said "We take the allegations very seriously and will take the petitions to the logical conclusion. It is a deliberate attempt to scandalise the court and judiciary". The stern remark raises the prospect of the court launching contempt proceedings against advocate Kamini Jaiswal and her counsel, activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

Allegations against members of the higher judiciary of involvement in the medical admission scam and the manner in which Justice J Chelameswar admitted a petition based on those charges roiled the Supreme Court again on Monday, with a three-judge bench speaking about an attempt to "scandalise the court and judiciary" and attorney general K K Venugopal expressing concern that the "crisis" had split the judiciary and the bar.

Yet, tension hung heavy over the matter which brought the rift among judges of the top court and the bar out in the open.

Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan, a former Union law minister, demanded that Justice Khanwilkar recuse himself from the matter as he had heard cases related to admissions to private medical colleges. A defiant Justice Khanwilkar refused to oblige, and the bench direly reminded the Bhushans that they were aggravating the contempt by bringing charges against CJI Dipak Misra even when they had not been able to substantiate wild allegations against him. The bench said they had engaged in "forum shopping" to get petition listed.

Justice Arun Mishra said, "Sir, you (Prashant Bhushan) knew on Thursday that a petition making identical allegations against the CJI filed by your group (CJAR) was pending before a bench headed by Justice Sikri. Despite that, you filed another petition and insisted it to be heard on the same day by court No.2 (Justice Chelameswar). This is both contempt and forum shopping sir." [Source TOI]

Tagged: Lawyers. Prashant Bhushan   Shanti Bhushan   Medical Admission Scam   Union law minister     
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