NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday whether a petition seeking a judicial probe into allegations that attempts were made to bribe apex court judges can be entertained.
During the hearing on Monday, Justice Misra said, “A similar petition was filed by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) and similar grounds are already decided. Can similar petitions be filed by the same person who is the member of same association? Kamini Jaiswal is a member of CJAR.”
Attorney general K K Venugopal said the petitioner should withdraw the plea as it has cost the reputation of the institution. However, the AG clarified that his views were independent and do not represent the views of the government. Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the bench, “Second petitioner had knowledge about the first petition, thus the second one was an attempt to scandalise the court.”
Throughout the hearing, Justice Arun Mishra, was the most vocal one and pulled up both son and father Bhushan for drawing a comparison between Court No 1 and Court No 2 and said, “Why are you involving Court no 2 (Justice J Chelameshwar and Justice Abdul Nazeer) in all your arguments, all courts are similar for us. Court no 1 (Chief Justice of India) and all other courts are equal. We all are gems to the same institution.”
Prashant Bhushan said, “CJI should not have passed an administrative order to change the bench. The petition is of serious issues. The probe has to be carried out by the SIT, headed by the CJI and monitored by this court. Matter is a sensitive matter, that’s why I requested for the constitution bench of five most senior judges of the court.”