Friday, 17 November, 2017

SC to hear today plea on 'bribes' being taken in judges' name

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Ben Pena | 10 November, 2017, 09:51

Almost an hour after bench headed by Justice Chelameswar, upon a mentioning by Dave, said that it will hear the matter at 12.45 PM, the hearing by the constitution bench headed by the Chief Justice was adjourned for 10 minutes and later lawyers present in the court room were told that the constitution bench would resume hearing at 2 p.m.

After quashing a unanimously passed law in Parliament to set up a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), a five-judge Constitution bench, in December 2015, ordered the Centre to redraft MoP in consultation with the CJI and four other members of the collegium to ensure transparency in the appointment of judges to the SC and high courts. He made it clear to the Centre that the apex court would not shy away from a confrontation with the government if driven to a corner.

"Having regard to the totality of the circumstances, we deem it appropriate that this matter be heard by the Constitution Bench of the first five judges in the order of seniority of this court".

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, heading a three-judge Bench, on Wednesday openly disagreed with the decision of a two-judge Bench to publicly hear, on the judicial side, the reasons for the government's delay in finalising the norms for appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and High Courts, and appointment of regular High Court Chief Justices. As CJI told the petitioner that its dismissed as these are not matters to be decided on the judicially side, Mr. Luthra said he had a right to be heard before the matter was dismissed.

"This matter relates to an FIR lodged by CBI into the alleged bribe taken in the name of judges".

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Dave told the bench: "Has the CBI deliberately filed a false case to discredit the institution?"

While the hearing was on, an officer of the Registry approached the bench and handed a page which the judges perused.

In a surprising move, around the same time, a Constitution Bench headed by CJI Misra, which was hearing on the power tussle between the Delhi Lieutenant Governor and the elected government, abruptly rose at noon to reassemble at 2 pm.

Dave said the court should also order safe custody of the evidence collected so far by the CBI because he believed that "some extremely incriminating material had been seized by the CBI".

It directed the CBI to produce these documents in sealed cover before Constitution Bench on the coming Monday.

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