If judicial discipline is not maintained, institution will go forever: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today warned that if judicial discipline and propriety were not maintained, then the institution will “go forever”, as it virtually stayed the operation of its own verdict of February 8 relating to land acquisition.

A top court bench of Justices M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta, was critical of the February 8 verdict passed by another three-judge bench holding that compensation not availed within a stipulated five-year period would not be a ground for cancellation of land acquisition.

The bench said perhaps there have been a tinkering with judicial discipline in arriving at a conclusion as the issue should have been to referred to a larger bench in case of difference of opinion, as a 2014 verdict had held that non-payment of compensation would be a ground to cancel the land acquisition.

As carried in ET

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