Katju's allegations: HC to hear plea on Sept 3

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Katju's allegations: HC to hear plea Sep 3
New Delhi, Aug 1: The Delhi High Court Friday posted for Sep 3 a plea seeking a CBI probe into accusations by Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju that three former chief justices of India made "improper compromises" to save a tainted Madras High Court judge.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw, hearing the PIL that sought registration of a case against the judges, said the Supreme Court had in 2009 already examined the matter and, therefore, asked the petitioner to first go through that judgment.

"There is no urgency. The Supreme Court already examined the issue in 2009 and when the Supreme Court has decided the matter how can any court interfere. You (petitioner) filed the petition without any research. Just go through that judgment," the bench said, posting the matter for Sep 3.

The petition sought registration of a case and a CBI probe into the matter, saying that even after Justice Katju's revelation on his blog and its subsequent discussion in parliament, the authorities are yet to initiate any legal action.

Filing the plea, advocate R.P. Luthra said: "The information disclosed by Justice Katju, a former SC judge, clearly discloses the commission of various cognizable offences, including the offences covered under prevention of corruption act."

Former Supreme Court judge Katju has alleged that three former chief justices of India made "improper compromises" and succumbed to political pressure during the UPA rule in allowing the judge to continue despite an "adverse" Intelligence Bureau (IB) report on allegations of corruption against him.

The PIL said: "Admittedly, as per the information available in the public domain, the offenders belong to the class that enjoys almost the highest positions in the judiciary."

It added that the incident has "lowered the dignity of our judicial system in the eyes of the general public".


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