Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the board, told a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra that the board’s claim was based on material evidence, but the ASI opposed this.
Sources told The Indian Express that CJI Misra informally met Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Kurian Joseph on Wednesday and indicated that he was looking into the issues pertaining to the apex court.
The Congress also continued to speak in different voices on a proposal to bring an impeachment motion in Parliament against the CJI with senior leader Kapil Sibal saying all options are open before the opposition.
Following Justice Chelameswar’s refusal, Prashant Bhushan mentioned the PIL before the CJI’s court, to which the CJI reportedly said, “We will look into it.”
Letter sent to 22 other judges, calls for bench to deal with Govt silence on two postings.
Justice A P Shah, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, said it was “inappropriate” on the part of the CJI to have heard a matter where the “issue involved is about the powers of the CJI”.
Justice Chandrachud, writing the judgment for the bench, referred to constitutional schemes and said “the Chief Justice of India is first among equals and has the authority to decide allocation of cases and setting up of benches”.
The elevation of judicial officer P Krishna Bhat to the Karnataka High Court has been stalled by the government despite the Supreme Court Collegium clearing it.
“Impeachment can’t be the answer for every question or every problem. A few days ago I heard somebody asking for my impeachment. Like the saying goes, I don’t agree with you but I shall protect your right to say so,” Justice J Chelameswar said.
Over the last few days, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, had collected signatures from at least 60 MPs — from the Congress, Left, NCP, SP and BSP — to move an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India.
Many of the Opposition MPs, who had signed on an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, are unhappy over the delay in submission of the notice. And their ire is directed at the Congress.
Impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra: While Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is collecting the signatures, remain tight-lipped, sources said that parties like the DMK and Trinamool Congress have not yet signed on the motion.
On Air India’s disinvestment, the TMC alleges that given the bid conditions only one Indian airline operator may be eligible to bid for it.
In his letter to Chief Justice of India, which was copied to 22 judges of the Supreme Court, Justice Chelameswar said “for sometime, our unhappy experience has been that the government accepting our recommendations is an exception and sitting on them is the norm.
Justice Chelameswar, who had held the unprecedented January 12 press conference along with three other senior judges questioning the allocation of cases by the CJI, referred to the “unhappy experience” where the Government sat tight over the files even after the Collegium recommended names for appointment in the higher judiciary.