Bribery in judges’ names: Supreme Court sets up bench of 5 senior judges

NEW DELHI: In an order that sent ripples through the Supreme Court, Justices Jasti Chelameswar and Abdul Nazeer, on Thursday directed a five-judge bench comprising senior-most judges, to probe allegations of bribes being paid to allegedly influence outcome of cases in the top court. The case will now be heard on Monday.

The CBI, which had in September filed an FIR against a former Odisha High Court judge and several other unknown persons regarding these charges, will submit all the papers in a sealed cover to the five-judge bench on Monday. “Certain allegations are disturbing. The allegations pertain to the functioning of this court,” Justice Chelameswar wrote in a short order uploaded on the top court’s website.

A bench led by CJI Dipak Misra had dealt with the admissions case on the judicial side.

The charges, levelled in the CBI FIR, were raised in a petition filed by lawyer Kamini Jaiswal through senior advocate Dushyant Dave, before a bench led by the second senior-most judge of the court on Thursday. Dave demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a former CJI of the court should probe the charges, which he said were damaging for the “institution” and the “nation”.

As carried in ET

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