Judges bribery case: Apex court dis­misses plea for SIT probe

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tues­day dis­missed a pe­ti­tion seek­ing SIT probe 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, Arun Mishra and A M Khan­wilkar 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 Shanti Bhushan 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 the set­tle­ment of cases re­lat­ing to med­i­cal col­leges in which a re­tired Orissa High Court judge, Ishrat Mas­roor Qud­dusi, is also an ac­cused.

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