The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking cancellation of allotment of plots to judges of high courts of Orissa and Gujarat under the state governments’ discretionary quota.
The court asked the petitioner to go to the respective high courts first, even as its counsel argued that a refusal by the SC could send a wrong message that even the apex court shied away from taking up contentious matters relating to the judges.
“We decline to entertain the writ petition. However, the petitioners are at liberty to approach the appropriate high courts, if they so deemed right,” a Bench of Justices H L Dattu and S A Bobde said.
It asked NGO ‘CPIL’ to approach the high courts for redressal of its grievances and come to the SC if the high courts failed to redress their grievances.
NGO’s counsel Prashant Bhushan opposed the court’s views, questioning if it will be possible for the judges of a high court to hear petitions against the fellow judges, who have applied for the plots.
- Shah Rukh Khan On Raees Clash With Kaabil: It’s Impossible To Have A Solo Release In India
- US-President Elect Donald Trump Named TIME’s Person Of The Year 2016
- O. Panneerselvam: 10 Things You Need To Know
- PM Narendra Modi Slams Opposition For Not Letting Parliament Function
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui On Working In Raees: Was Nervous To Shoot With Shah Rukh Khan
- Bathinda Dancer Murder: Video Showing Accused Opening Fire At Marriage
- 5 Lesser Known Facts About Sasikala Natarajan
- Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor’s Delhi Home Burgled: Here’s What Happened
- Reserve Bank Of India Keeps Repo Rate Unchanged Post Demonetisation
- Bigg Boss 10 Dec 06 Review: Swami Om Pees In Kitchen
- Lenovo k6 Power Video Review
- Bigg Boss 10 December 5 Review: Manveer Calls Swami Om ‘kachdaa’
- PM Narendra Modi Declared Winner Of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year – Reader’s Poll
- Paneerselvam sworn in as new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
- Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa Passes Away After Suffering Cardiac Arrest
“Only this court decide the matter. How can those hear and decide the matter whose colleagues are involved? The petitioner shall have reasonable apprehension of bias. Why to send the petitioner to the high court when there is already a strong case of reasonable apprehension,” said Bhushan.
He added that it was for the same reason, Justice A K Patnaik, before whom the matter was first listed first, recused from hearing the case.
“Justice Patnaik said although he had not applied for a plot or received it, he knew many judges of the Orissa High Court, where he was also a judge a few years ago,” said Bhushan. The Bench told the counsel that it was not so in all cases.