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Judges bribery case: SC 3-judge bench dismisses plea for SIT probe

The 3-judge bench of SC said that such a plea has raised unnecessary doubts over the integrity of judges

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Judges bribery case: SC 3-judge bench dismisses plea for SIT probe

The on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking into an alleged case of bribery in the name of judges, saying such a plea has raised unnecessary doubts over the integrity of judges.

The apex court rejected the petition filed by lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, making it clear that the CBI's FIR was not against any judge and neither was it possible to lodge such a complaint against a judge.


However, it did not issue contempt notice against Jaiswal.

A bench of Justices R K Agrawal, and also deprecated attempts made for recusal of one of the judges in the matter saying it was not proper and tantamounted to "forum shopping."

Jaiswal, through senior advocate and Prashant Bhushan, had sought recusal of Justice Khanwilkar from hearing the matter. Khanwilkar had refused to recuse himself.

The bench observed that "the damage has been done to the institution by the filing of such a plea and unnecessary doubts were raised about its integrity."

The petition had claimed that allegations of bribery were levelled for securing a settlement of cases relating to medical colleges in which a retired Orissa High Court judge, Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, is also an accused.

First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 17:44 IST
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