Supreme Court takes up plea for probe against former judge

Judicial appointments SC junks plea seeking Centre’s response on delay in memorandum of procedure

Supreme Court of India

Taking note, Justice Chelameswar said: "The matter is too important for institution and nation... and should be heard by a Constitution Bench".

The top court also closed a bid by the same two-judge bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit to consider if there could be alternative fora, other than High Courts, to decide criminal appeals as in several cases convicts languished in jails beyond 10 years time and the HC was not able to take up their cases in violation of fundamental right to speedy trial.

Being mindful of the government's expectation to make judicial services accessible to all people, Minister Davis said most of the judges recently appointed will be posted to provincial centres, to continue to conduct court cases in districts.

A Supreme Court bench presided over by Chief Justice of India on Wednesday scuttled a move by a two-judge bench to examine "indefinite delay" in finalisation of Memorandum of Procedure for appointment of judges in the apex court and the High Courts.

In its FIR, the CBI alleged that promoters of the medical college, one of 46 barred by the government from admitting students for two years, had approached Quddusi who had promised relief from courts with bribes to influential people.

This matter was taken up for hearing at 12.45 pm after it was mentioned in the morning at 10.30 am.

This 3-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri and Amitava Roy today proceeded to order that "there was no need to proceed" with the matter, in light of the NJAC judgment.

The charge, Dave said, was very serious as it pointed fingers at the working of the apex court. The bench had also referred to contempt proceedings against Calcutta HC Judge C S Karnan and felt the need for a corrective mechanism to rein in errant judges, given the cumbersome alternative of the removal process.

The Bench of Justices Goel and Lalit had scheduled the next hearing for November 14.

The Bench, however, made it clear that it was not willing to hear the matter on the judicial side.

The bench directed the CBI to produce all the documents and materials collected during the investigation of an FIR registered in this regard in a sealed cover before the Constitution bench on November 13.

The NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) too had filed a petition on the matter on Wednesday and the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar had scheduled it for hearing Friday.

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