SC hear plea for probe into medical admission scam

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The matter came up for hearing in the Bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice D Gupta, which set November 22 as the next date of hearing.

Making it clear that they were not underestimating the seriousness of the matter, the court in its order said that let the appropriate order be passed to tag the petition by the NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms with the one by advocate Kamini Jaiswal, which was referred to a five-judge constitution bench on Thursday by the bench of Justice Chelameswar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer. The petition was taken up for hearing by the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar. According to it, the No. 2 judge can not order the formation of a constitution bench. On September 18, a bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice denied it relief for 2017-18 and asked the Medical Council of India to reassess the college regarding its admission of students for 2018-19.

The proceedings led to heated arguments between the bench and lawyers, some of whom wanted contempt proceedings initiated against the petitioners for sullying the image of the Supreme Court.

The bench said if the principle of law, judicial discipline and decorum of the court was not followed, there would be "anarchy" and "chaos" in the administration of justice as well as the functioning of the institution.

In its order, the bench reiterated the sole authority of the Chief Justice as the master of the judges roster, which means he alone had the right to decide on the forum of a bench.

Though two years had elapsed the MoP is yet to be finalised and hence the recommendations made by the apex court collegium for appointment of the four Judges are void and could not be acted upon, he said and sought a direction in this regard.

"The FIR lodged by the CBI is naming a former judge of a High Court as an accused, who has apparently been negotiating through a middle man to get the favourable order in a petition pending in this Hon'ble Court".

On Thursday, a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar heard a petiton moved by advocate Kamini Jaiswal, which sought an independent Special Investigation Team monitored by the court to investigate the alleged scam.

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Recalling the October 27 order, the court said that "as far as the other prayers are concerned, there was no necessity or need to proceed with the same." as it referred to top court judgments striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission and later on the MOP framing.

On Monday, a 5-judge Supreme Court Bench will hear two petitions seeking a SIT enquiry into the allegations of bribing top court judges.

Bhushan left the court in a huff midway during the hearing, alleging that he was not being allowed to speak while the court has heard "all and sundry".

He said the contents of the petition filed before it was per se contemptuous.

It begs the question as to why the note took two days to get to Justice Chelameswar's court?

He said there are serious apprehensions and therefore this matter should be taken up at 12.45 PM today.

On Friday, the CJAR petition was heard by a bench headed by Justice AK Sikri, who referred it to the Chief Justice for listing and to resolve the issue of a similar petition already having been referred to a Constitution Bench by Justice Chelameswar.

Post FIR raids more than Rs 2 crore was recovered and CBI made arrests including that of Justice Qudussi.

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