Supreme Court rejects PIL on appointment of judges

Panel for pay hike of lower court judges likely to be setup

Panel for pay hike of lower court judges likely to be setup

The five-judge bench on Friday said the two petitions will be heard by an appropriate bench after two weeks and there will be no more hearing in the case till then.

Jaiswal's petition was filed even as a plea by the NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms seeking a similar probe in the case was already listed before the bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri.

After senior advocate Dushyant Dave mentioned the case for an urgent hearing in court number 2, Justice Chelameswar, calling it a serious issue, referred it for hearing at 12:45 PM.

The CBI, in its FIR, has named several persons, including former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, as accused in the alleged corruption case. "Strong action needs to be taken against any such attempt", SCBA members said while requesting the bench to initiate contempt proceedings in the matter.

"This matter relates to an FIR lodged by CBI into the alleged bribe taken in the name of judges".

Justice Arun Mishra reacted: "Is that not a bad reflection on us that only five senior judges should hear the matter". Even though no time limit was fixed by this court for finalisation of the MOP, the issue can not linger on for an indefinite period.

Renowned Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Friday stormed out of a hearing in the apex court while yelling at the Chief Justice of India Justice Deepak Misra.

Justice Chelameshwar's order on Thursday acknowledged this note, but the copy of the order that was later put up on the Supreme Court website did not include the text of the note itself, which was only revealed later.

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The commission projected headline inflation to slow to 1.4 percent in 2018 and to tick slightly higher to 1.6 percent in 2019. Investment on the other hand is set to be sustained by the residential construction sector, which will grow further in 2018.

Post FIR raids more than Rs 2 crore was recovered and CBI made arrests including that of Justice Qudussi.

What happened in the court on Wednesday is also interesting.

"Needless to emphasis that no judge can take up a matter on its own unless allocated by the CJI as the CJI is master of the court", the bench said and annulled the decision of the two-judge bench, in the hearing which witnessed heated exchange of words between the judges and advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing the petitioners. "The allegations pertain to the functioning of this court...having regard to the nature of the case, it is also necessary to make an interim order regarding the custody of the case diary and all the materials collected by the second respondent during the course of the investigation of the above-mentioned crime..."

Issuing the order, a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra cited a 1998 order of the apex court that held that the chief justice of a High Court will be the Master of Rolls and assign cases to different benches.

Pleading ignorance about the second petition, Bhushan said that since the allegations were in respect of the matter heard by the bench headed by Chief Justice Misra, he should not have exercised his administrative and judicial authority.

Justice Arun Mishra referred to Bhushan's argument that the CJI should recuse from hearing the case and said, "Mr Bhushan, your comment was not appropriate".

"There cannot be a command or an order directing the CJI to constitute a bench of specific strength", the bench said while making it clear that neither a two-judge, nor a three- judge bench can direct the CJI to constitute a specific bench.

The Supreme Court on Friday constituted a seven-judge bench to examine a plea on bribing of judges to obtain favourable outcomes.

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