Petition against appointment of CJI infructuous, says SC

The plea stated that Justice Chelameswar had given a dissenting view when the NJAC was struck down by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Khehar.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 24, 2016 4:58 am

The Supreme Court on Friday termed as “infructuous” a petition filed by a group of lawyers, opposing the elevation of Justice J S Khehar as the next Chief Justice of India. “Since the notification appointing Justice J S Khehar as the next CJI has already been issued, the petition has virtually become infructuous,” said a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and L Nageswara Rao. In its petition, the National Lawyers’ Campaign for Judicial Transparency and Reforms said that instead of Justice Khehar, Justice J Chelameswar should be elevated. The plea stated that Justice Chelameswar had given a dissenting view when the NJAC was struck down by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Khehar.

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