Judges bribery case: SC reserves order on maintainability of plea

Judges bribery case: SC reserves order on maintainability of plea

The case, which the Central Bureau of Investigation is looking into, involves allegations that former members of the higher judiciary took bribes to manipulate court orders in favour of medical colleges that had failed to get official registrations. "The whole country is now doubting the credibility of this institution". "Everybody is doubting the system itself", said Justice Mishra. Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra is not among the three judges who will hear the case today, which is based on a medical college in Lucknow reportedly paying bribes to judges to reverse its blacklisting by the government.

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. We hope that the Chief Justice may not be involved in this."Shanti Bhushan, in turn, insisted that the matter should be referred to a Constitution Bench to decide on scope of Articles 142 and 144".

Attorney General KK Venugopal said that the two petitions and the events over the last week had damaged the institution.

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A Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had ordered on November 9 that the plea should be heard by a five-judge Constitution Bench of the senior-most judges of the apex court. He wanted both Kamini and Prashant Bhushan to withdraw their petitions.

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's response on a plea that sought a ban on 93 pesticides, which are banned in different countries but are used by Indian agriculturists and thus exposes them to serious diseases.

It had over-ruled the order of Justice Chelameswar directing a constitution bench hearing, saying "if any such order has been passed by any bench, that can not hold the field as that will be running counter to the order passed by the constitution bench". "We, the Judges and the lawyers, must prevent it", he added. A three-judge Bench headed by Justice RK Agrawal said it is likely to pass an order in the matter on Tuesday.

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