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Supreme Court The institution is under siege
Rita Gibson | 14 November, 2017, 10:32

In the M Nagraj order, the five judges had said that before giving reservations in promotions, the government will have to gather data pertaining to whether the category getting reservations is backward and their representations are not enough in the jobs.

The supplementary cause list for Monday issued by the Supreme Court on Saturday listed the petition by lawyer Kamini Jaiswal before the bench of Justice Agrawal, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice AM Khanwilkar.

Justice Chelameswar, who is the senior-most judge after the CJI, had termed the allegations leveled in a CBI FIR as "disturbing" and ordered setting up a bench of five top judges of the court on the petition filed by Jaiswal, who claimed that there were allegations against Justice Misra.

Earlier, Attorney General KK Venugopal said Prashant Bhsuan should withdraw the plea as it has cost the reputation of the institution.

"One of the three Judges hearing the case dealt with the matter, so he can't hear the case", Shanti Bhushan said. The court said it will pronounce its order on whether the allegations made against the CJI amounted to contempt of court.

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The bench of Justice Chelameswar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer's - now invalidated - November 9 order - had said: "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".

The bench headed by Justice Kurien Joseph has requested Chief Justice of India to constitute a constitutional bench. The bench then set aside Justice Chelameswar's order as null and void, saying the CJI is "the master of the roster" - meaning, only he can assign cases.

Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, representing Jaiswal and Bhushan, submitted that a CBI FIR alleged that accused retired Odisha HC judge IM Quddusi had allegedly collected money with a view to influence a sitting apex court judge.

A bench of the Supreme Court is likely to pass an order on Tuesday on a petition that has sought a court-monitored investigation into a case in which judges where allegedly bribed. The judge had later been released on bail.

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