Congress lauds CJI's 'principled position' in Allahabad HC judge case

Posted February 01, 2018

A fortnight after the stunning press conference by four senior-most Supreme Court judges that laid bare the rift between CJI Dipak Misra and them, two of the four judges shook hands with the CJI in public for the first time after the event. Justice Misra is reported to have written to the President and the Prime Minister after three judges inquiry committee adversely commented on the conduct of Justice Shukla in a medical college scam.

In November previous year, complaints of corruption against justice Shukla were received by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who then set up an in-house inquiry committee to probe the allegations. Under the procedure, if the panel holds the delinquent judge guilty of misconduct, the CJI will advise the judge concerned to resign or seek voluntary retirement.

The Chief Justice, sources said, refused to grant the permission, which has been recorded in writing by CBI officials on the noting.

M Quddusi approached Hon'ble Justice Narayan Shukla, high court of Allahabad at Lucknow bench for managing the matter.

"I request you to leave me alone", Justice Shukla said when he was contacted.

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Justice (retired) Quddusi was a judge in the Orissa High Court between 2004 and 2010.

Sources familiar with the matter said that justice Shukla has not been attending the high court since the last week as all judicial work has been taken away from him.

The case of 32 colleges is included in the in-house inquiry report.

Subsequently, an MCI report revealed the substandard infrastructural facilities and failure to meet the required criteria.

Warning that democracy is at stake, four senior judges of the Supreme Court had on January 12 mounted a virtual revolt against the country's chief justice, raising questions on "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, sending shockwaves across the judiciary and polity. The CJI also allowed senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal to speak in the case at the last hearing.

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