Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Common Cause, alleged that the government is delaying the meeting of the selection committee as it wants to bypass the present Chief Justice of India.
Civil society members appeal for repealing new farm laws, seek withdrawal of FIRs against journalists
In a joint statement, a national call was given by civil society to stand in solidarity with the farmers' movement on Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary on January 30.
The petitioners questioned the constitutional validity of Section 2(c)(i) of the Contempt of Court's Act, 1971, in particular, the chilling effect on the freedom of speech that it has.
The two review pleas filed by Bhushan came up for consideration in-chamber before a bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari.
Bhushan, who has already deposited Re 1 as fine with the apex court's registry on September 14, has filed two separate review petitions in the case.
The letter by advocate Sunil Kumar Singh claimed the November 29 interview of Bhushan makes an "insinuation that Supreme Court of India does not function in an impartial manner."
AG declines consent to initiate contempt against Prashant Bhushan, says he expressed regret for tweets on CJI
The consent of the topmost law officer was sought by one advocate Sunil Singh to initiate contempt proceedings against Bhushan for his October 21 tweet.
Representing the petitioners, Bhushan also cited a Supreme Court judgement which upheld the disqualification of the three politicians by the Speaker.
Bhushan had said that the CJI availed the special helicopter during his visit to Kanha national park while 'an important case of disqualification of defecting MLAs of MP was pending before him.
Bhushan faces six months simple imprisonment or fine upto Rs 2,000 or both as the maximum punishment for the contempt.
According to the criminal contempt law, the maximum sentence can be of six months in jail or a fine of up to Rs 2,000 or both.
The apex court on Wednesday had agreed to hear on October 26 a separate plea filed by the CBI chief challenging the Centre's decision to divest him of powers and send him on leave.
Bhushan questioned how Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence, the Indian offset partner of French firm Dassault Aviation, could be involved in the project as "most of his companies are in debt."
Shourie said that in just two days Prime Minister Modi completely overturned a process that was in progress for years.
Justice Chelameswar refuses to hear PIL against CJI's powers, says he doesn't want 'another reversal of his orders after 24 hours'
Prashant Bhushan referred the PIL challenging the master of roster concept to Chelameswar's bench as the CJI cannot deal with it but the latter denied it saying the reasons were too 'obvious.'