Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Crucial Hearing Today In Supreme Court On Bribes Allegedly Paid To Judges

Crucial Hearing Today In Supreme Court On Bribes Allegedly Paid To Judges

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 Supreme Court today dismissed a petition seeking SIT probe into an alleged case of bribery in the name of judges, saying such a plea has raised unnecessary doubts over the integrity of judges. A three-judge Bench headed by Justice RK Agrawal said it is likely to pass an order in the matter on Tuesday.

"If such allegations [are] to be considered like in this manner, then no judge will be spared", Justice Arun Mishra told Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for petitioner Jaiswal. "Case didn't mention any judge nor it could as per law".

Attorney General KK Venugopal had said the petitioner should withdraw the plea as it has cost the reputation of the institution. "Allegations shouldn't have been made against the Chief Justice of India as there is nothing (against him) in the FIR (or CBI's complaint)". "If our order applies for municipal areas in Chandigarh, it will apply equally for municipal areas across the country", the bench said and posted the matter after two weeks for hearing.

The 3-judge bench said the petition was contemptuous in nature, but it stopped short of initiating contempt proceedings. This bench referred the matter to a larger five-judge Constitution bench on November 13.

Justice Arun Misra, the judge who authored the verdict, said no judge was mentioned in the FIR filed by CBI against the UP organisation - Prasad Educational Trust.

His argument was that the order passed by Justice J Chelameswar on November 9, which was struck down by a 5-judge Bench headed by the CJI on Friday, was binding on all other civil and judicial bodies, including other benches of the Supreme Court, on the basis of Article 142.

A case that has provoked drama and shouting matches in the Supreme Court and is meant to look at alleged corruption among judges will be heard this afternoon. The judge had later been released on bail.

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