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SC takes exception to second plea in medical admission scam

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme on Friday took exception to the manner in which a second seeking a SIT probe into the alleged role of a retired High judge in a medical admission scam was filed, and was heard by another bench.

The second was filed when the first with the same plea was listed before the bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri.

Taking exception to the manner the second was filed and entertained by the bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar, the bench of Justice Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked advocate Prashant Bhushan as to what was the urgency.

Making it clear that they were not underestimating the seriousness of the matter, the in its order said that let the appropriate order be passed to tag the by the NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms with the one by advocate Kamini Jaiswal, which was referred to a five-judges constitution bench on Thursday by the bench of Justice Chelameswar and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer.

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

Referring to the FIR filed by the CBI in the matter, Bhushan said, "Whole conspiracy was to bribe the bench hearing the (medical college) matter". At this, Justice Sikri said that whether the Chief Justice should have dealt with the matter or stayed away should have been left to him.

"The request that the Chief Justice should not deal with the matter should have been made to him. He should have decided," said Justice Sikri.

Expressing its displeasure, the on Friday allowed the Supreme Bar Association to implead itself in the matter before the five-judges bench.

The matter relates to the CBI investigation into a High judge assuring a Lucknow-based medical college set up by a trust to get round the order not to admit students for two academic years - 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 14:40 IST
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