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November 09, 2017

Constitutional Bench to hear petition on attempt to bribe SC judges

Supreme Court of India

On November 9, a two-member bench of Supreme Court, transferred a petition filed by Advocate Kamini Jaisal, to the Constitutional Bench.

The petitioner was seeking a fair and independent investigation into the allegations of bribery, to settle a pending case.

During the hearing, the petitioner informed the court that as per the FIR filed by CBI, a retired High Court judge and certain others had sought huge gratification from a party to a case in return for inducing high public functionaries to enable a settlement of a matter relating to medical colleges in Supreme Court.

In the plea, the petitioner asked the court to constitute a Full form (SIT) to investigate the bribery allegations with a retired judge monitoring the same.

“Has the CBI deliberately filed a false case to discredit the institution? That is my worry. So truth needs to come out,” the petition said.

The petitioner prayed that, the Chief Justice of India should not be part of the Constitution Bench or decide the Bench which should hear the case as he had heard the pending matter; in which, the allegations of bribery were made.

The court responded by saying that this was the reason why they had said first five judges. However, it remains unclear whether the Chief Justice will be a part of the Constitutional Bench or not; or whether it would be up to him to recuse himself or answer pleas for his recusal from the counsel.

The Court also issued a notice to the Centre and the CBI regarding the issue. The investigation agency was also directed to submit all material and documents relevant to the investigation forthwith to the Supreme Court.

The case has now been listed for hearing on November 13.

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