Plea filed in Supreme Court seeking CJI's recusal from Bofors case

Michele Moreno
February 1, 2018

The Congress on Wednesday lauded Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for his "principled position" in the case relating to Allahabad High Court's Justice Narayan Shukla.

Sources told The Indian Express that on September 6, 2017, a senior CBI official had approached CJI Misra, along with the evidence that the agency had, to seek his permission to file an FIR against Justice Shukla. The committee conducted a non-judicial fact-finding inquiry, where Justice Shukla was given full opportunity to defend himself, but no examination or cross-examination of any witnesses was allowed.

Justice Shukla was under the scanner for allegedly granting permission to a private medical college to admit students despite a ban by the Medical Council of India and Supreme Court orders on the issue.

An in-house committee of judges headed by the CJI had reportedly found him guilty of the charges and said he "disgraced the values of judicial life". And now it seems that the CJI's recommendations have been followed.

A removal motion signed by 100 members in case of the Lok Sabha or 50 members in case of the Rajya Sabha is to be given to the Speaker or the chairperson.

Justice Shukla was last assigned to a Division Bench along with Justice Rang Nath Pandey to hear listed jail appeals including those under Section 376 IPC, and criminal appeals under Section 436A CrPC, with effect from January 2. The report, forwarded to Allahabad HC CJ D B Bhosale, said "the committee concludes that there is sufficient substance in the allegations" against Justice Shukla and that the aberrations on his part were serious enough to warrant initiation of removal proceedings.

CJI Misra launched the journal "SCBA Times" of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). This alleged aberration by the HC judge led to a CBI probe into the medical scam and arrest of an Orissa HC ex-judge I M Quddusi.

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