Signs are ominous for advocates who pressed unsubstantiated allegations against CJI Dipak Misra as a three-judge bench of the Supreme Courton Monday repeatedly said it would be guided by the V C Mishra judgment “which squarely covered the situation arising from two petitions”.
The two petitions — one by ‘Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms’ (CJAR) and the other by its member advocate Kamini Jaiswal — were filed and pressed for hearing before a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar on Wednesday and Thursday last week.
Though CJAR’s petition, mentioned by Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday, was listed for hearing on Friday before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri, senior advocate Dushyant Dave mentioned Jaiswal’s petition, identical to the one by CJAR, on Thursday and succeeded in getting it listed the same day for hearing before Justice Chelameswar.
On Monday, a three-judge bench of Justices R K Agrawal, Arun Mishra and A M Khanwilkar told Prashant Bhushan, his father Shanti Bhushan and Jaiswal that the situation arising from the two petitions was squarely covered by the SC’s March 10, 1995 judgment in V C Mishra case.
As carried in TOI