SC hear plea for probe into medical admission scam

The Supreme Court of India
The Supreme Court of India

11 November, 2017

Meanwhile, the petitions refer to a FIR registered by the CBI on 19 September where it alleged a criminal conspiracy by several people including one retired Judge of the Orissa High Court, Justice IM Quddusi and officers of the Prasad Education Trust, a trust running a medical college, to bribe and influence judges of the High Court and Supreme Court and secure favourable orders for the recognition of a medical college run by the trust, whose recognition had been denied by the Medical Council of India. The CBI said Rs 2 crores was recovered during the raids. "This despite having a direct conflict of interest", Prashant Bhushan tweeted, after the CJI upturned Justice Chelameswar's order. The first judicial pay commission, headed by Justice Jagannatha Shetty, was set up in March 1996 and it submitted its report in November 1999.

Renowned Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Friday stormed out of a hearing in the apex court while yelling at the Chief Justice of India Justice Deepak Misra.

The issue at hand was yesterday's order of the two-judge bench of Justice J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer setting up a five-judge constitution bench of senior most judges of the apex court to hear a plea relating to a graft case in which a retired judge of the Orissa High Court Justice Ishrat Masroor Quddusi is an accused.

As Bhushan lost his cool in the initial stages of the hearing and levelled allegations against the CJI, Justice Arun Mishra told him that his "conduct was not proper".

All National Register of Citizens (NRC)-related matters will now be heard by the same Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohington F Nariman.The Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Navin Sinha today transferred the cases to the Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohington F Nariman, which will take up further hearing of the cases of Original Inhabitant (OI), Panchayat Certificate and NRC on November 22. CJI presided over a hand-picked bench to override yesterday's order referring this case to top 5 judges. Mr. Luthra asked at the top of his voice "your lordship what do you know about me. He should have decided", said Justice Sikri.

In its order, the bench reiterated the sole authority of the Chief Justice as the master of the judges roster, which means he alone had the right to decide on the forum of a bench.

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A proposal to set up a panel to look into the salary hike of judges of lower courts is likely to come up before the Union Cabinet on Friday, a senior functionary said.

Expressing its displeasure, the court on Friday allowed the Supreme Court Bar Association to implead itself in the matter before the five-judge bench.

He said there are serious apprehensions and therefore this matter should be taken up at 12.45 PM today. He also said that the allegations made by some lawyers against the Chief Justice should be treated as contempt of court.

In the order, Justice Chalameswar said the Constitution bench so formed should consist of the five senior-most judges of the Supreme Court.

However, in the post lunch session on Wednesday it surfaced that the matter that Justice Chelameswar had said he would hear was assigned to another bench by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. CJAR, in its petition says: "As it appears from the FIR lodged by the CBI, an attempt was being made to unduly influence the outcome of the petition which was pending before this Hon'ble Court".

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