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Karnataka crisis: Bench headed by judge 6th in seniority heard politically-sensitive case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The bench which heard the politically- sensitive case on the crisis was headed by a judge, who is number six in seniority in the apex court.

Justice A K headed the three-member bench, which also comprised justices S A and

In the bench, which held the historic pre-dawn hearing, Justice Bobde, who will become the of after Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was most vocal in grilling the lawyers appearing for both the sides on the question of law.

Justice Gogoi would succeed CJI Dipak Misra after he retires on October 2.

No sooner the started spreading that Justice will be heading the bench, it became clear that none of the four senior-most judges of the apex court -- J Chelameswar, Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who had held the controversial January 12 presser against the CJI -- were going to hear the matter.

The three judges -- Sikri, and Bhushan -- are considered to be non-controversial.

While Justice Sikri, before being elevated in 2013 as the of the top court, was the of the and where, he had gone after sitting in the for 12 long years.

Justice Bobde, who hails from Nagpur, was elevated in 2000 to the bench of from where he went to the High Court as its He was elevated to the top court in 2013.

Justice Bhushan was sworn in as apex court in 2016 after serving as a judge, of the from 2014. Prior to that he was a of the since 2001.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 22:25 IST