Supreme Court's constitutional bench to hear SC/ST's reservation in job promotion case

The Supreme Court of India. Source

The Supreme Court of India. Source

The apex court was hearing a petition filed by senior lawyer Kamini Jaiswal who had sought a Special Investigation Team inquiry into the medical colleges bribery case, Live Law reported. "The HC says municipal areas in the Supreme Court order means only areas in Punjab, and not in Chennai".

Veteran lawyer and Prashant Bhushan's father Shanti Bhushan vociferously argued that the three-judge Bench should not hear this petition as one of the judges - Justice AM Khanwilkar - was part of the Friday's Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which rejected the similar petition.

The bench headed by Justice Kurien Joseph has requested Chief Justice of India to constitute a constitutional bench.

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The case, which the Central Bureau of Investigation is looking into, involves allegations that former members of the higher judiciary took bribes to manipulate court orders in favour of medical colleges that had failed to get official registrations. "How do we fix this damage?" he said. "The whole country is now doubting the credibility of this institution".

"The petitions [have] scandalised this great institution". "Although it does not name any acting judge directly but talk of bribes to influence a pending's serious", Mishra said.

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's response on a plea that sought a ban on 93 pesticides, which are banned in different countries but are used by Indian agriculturists and thus exposes them to serious diseases.

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Nariman also quoted in this regard the first African-American judge Thurgood Marshal who presided over the US Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991; he had said: "All our Judges (and lawyers) must always keep in mind: that the only real source of power that Judges can tap is the respect of the people".

The court also said the senior advocate who mentioned the petition before the other judge, justice J Chelameswar, indulged in "forum shopping" and did not inform the court about the second case.

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