Chai-Samosa in SC and Leave for HC Judge

Sitaram Yechury

On December 8 a year ago, CJI Misra had set up the in-house committee to inquire into Justice Shukla's alleged role in granting permission to private medical colleges to admit students despite a firm Supreme Court ban. However, Justice Shukla refused to do either.

Highly-placed sources from Lucknow told this newspaper that judicial work was not assigned to Justice Shukla from January 23 following the directions of the Chief Justice Misra, to whom the probe panel submitted its report.

The issue of favourable allotment of cases, and deeper alleged irregularities have not been discussed in the public domain, but the overall equation between the CJI and the other judges does not seem to have settled on a pleasant note.

The CBI then conducted several raids and found that all the accused had hatched a criminal conspiracy to obtain judicial orders from High Courts and the Supreme Court in favour of the trust. The complaint about misbehaviour or incapacity against a judge has to be probed under the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968.

Justice Shukla was under the scanner for allegedly granting permission to a private medical college to admit students despite the ban by the Medical Council of India and Supreme Court.

Consequently, the CBI moved ahead with a PE into the matter, which was filed on September 8.




The list of business released by the HC registry on January 30 does not have the name of Justice Shukla.

"I request you to leave me alone", Justice Shukla said when he was contacted.

Sources said that the submission of the in-house enquiry report with certain adverse remarks against Justice Shukla validates the findings of the CBI, which is keen on moving a fresh proposal for the Chief Justice's sanction to proceed against the high court judge.

While the Supreme Court judges have been functioning normally, there is no further comment from any of the judges involved in the impasse.

However, Justice J Chelameswar, who had led the group of revolting judges in the press meet and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the next judge to be in line to become the CJI, did not attend the function.

The college was barred from admitting students for two years - 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

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