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NEW DELHI: A day after freezing an order by the bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar referring to a constitution bench the plea for a SIT probe into graft allegations against a retired Orissa High Court judge in a medical college scam, Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Saturday withdrew the matter from Justice Chelameswar’s bench and assigned it to a three-judge bench headed by Justice R.K. Agrawal. The supplementary cause list for Monday issued by the Supreme Court on Saturday listed the petition by lawyer Kamini Jaiswal before the bench of Justice Agrawal, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar. The bench will hear the matter at 3.30 pm on Monday. All the three judges that will hear Jaiswal’s plea on Monday were part of the five-judge constitution bench that annulled the order by the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar on Friday. By another circular issued on Saturday, the top court registry informed members of the bar that henceforth the mentioning of matters, which have not already been assigned/listed before any other bench for an early hearing or listing, would be allowed only before the bench headed by the CJI. Jaiswal had moved the SC seeking a SIT probe into retired Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi’s alleged role in a scam.