Judges bribery case: SC dismisses plea for SIT probe, says controversy has done damage to institution  

The apex court also stated that filing of the second petition when the first one remains pending amounts to "forum shopping" as well as "contempt".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2017 6:57 am
Judges bribery case: Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking an investigation by the Special Investigation Team into alleged judicial corruption involving a blacklisted Lucknow medical college Judges bribery case: The Supreme Court spared petitioner counsel Prashant Bhushan of contempt action, saying that it hopes good will prevails.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a probe by the Special Investigation Team into alleged judicial corruption involving a blacklisted Lucknow medical college.

Observing that the controversy has done damage to the institution, a three-bench judge of RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar rejected the petition filed by lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, insisting that the CBI’s FIR in connection with the case was not against any judge.

The apex court also stated that filing of the second petition while the first one was pending amounts to “forum shopping” and added that it also amounts to “contempt”.

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However, the top court spared petitioner counsel Prashant Bhushan of contempt action, saying that it hopes good will prevails. It also stated that proper verification of facts was not done while filing the petition and observed that: “Let’s unite in the interest of this great institution.”

On Monday, Attorney General of India K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court that developments in the wake of two petitions had “caused deep wounds on the judiciary and the Bar” and “will take a long time to heal”. The bench also remarked that “damage has already been caused… outcome does not matter… everyone is doubting this court unnecessarily”.

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Referring to allegations in the CBI FIR that Justice Ishart Masroor Quddusi, a retired Orissa High Court judge arrested on September 21, had promised promoters of the Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, one of 46 medical colleges barred from admitting students for two years, to get their matter settled in the apex court through their contacts, Venugopal said “no evidence had been adduced to further Quddusi’s statement that money was collected to pay any judge”.

Quddusi along with five others, arrested in the case, were involved in deals to try and secure favourable orders from courts, claimed the CBI.

With PTI inputs

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    anshul jakhar
    Nov 15, 2017 at 7:15 am
    it is unfortunate that at the highest level such incidents are happening
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      Kiran
      Nov 15, 2017 at 12:23 am
      Great, SC can dismiss a pe ion on probe from its own members. But others cannot do. If it gets dirty, let it get dirty. Why should you save your re tion, in the name of dignity of the ins ution. If no other ins ution have the privilege of saving their re tion, then why should Judiciary have that lifeline?
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      1. Ml Pandit
        Nov 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm
        Does it mean that controversies that have caused damage do not qualify for SIT probe?
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          Kuriakose Varkey
          Nov 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm
          Certain people are not grown up to be governed democratically. ‘Psychological growth’ and intellectual level of people are factors in determining the governing system they will be subjected to. Any nation gets a government it deserves. America has recently proved that they are only fit to be governed by presidents like Trump. India chose BJP/RSS and opted for fascist rule. Middle eastern countries have gone to chaos in spite of ‘Arab spring’ as they are not yet fit for democracy. India and America have various wings of government such as judiciary, media, independent election commission etc, for checks and balance but the integrities and freedom ( and more particularly self discipline and responsibility) of such branches are being attacked and eroded . Before irreparable damage happens, people will have to arise awake and fight until such evil forces are defeated
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            madhu
            Nov 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm
            Pl. do not play dramas on largest bribery case and black money Medical Education fraud in India. Evaluate correctly and take right action.
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