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Sitaram Yechury

Former SC judges have taken a dim view of CPI-M Sitaram Yechury's move to impeach the CJI

M Quddusi approached Hon'ble Justice Narayan Shukla, high court of Allahabad at Lucknow bench for managing the matter. It may be recalled that he was recently probed for his role in the medical admission scam.

Deliberations to resolve the issues that were raised at the January 12 presser by four seniormost Supreme Court judges continued with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra meeting other judges over lunch.

On September 4, Shukla allegedly made handwritten corrections to his own September 1 order, and gave permission to certain medical colleges to admit students despite a ban by the Medical Council of India.

Based on the recommendations, the CJI asked Justice Shukla to either resign or opt for voluntary retirement. His position has paved the way for the CJI to recommend his removal.

The CJI then advised the Chief Justice of the High Court to consider withdrawing judicial work from Justice Shukla.

The inquiry committee said Justice Shukla had "disgraced the values of judicial life, acted in a manner unbecoming of a judge", lowered the "majesty, dignity and credibility of his office" and acted in breach of his oath of office. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had set up the inquiry panel, which reportedly submitted its report around January 20 and January 21. The entire exercise of the probe by the three judges and the CJI writing to the President and the Prime Minister is under the "in-house procedure".

A removal motion signed by 100 members in case of the Lok Sabha or 50 members in case of the Rajya Sabha is to be given to the Speaker or the chairperson. The report, forwarded to Allahabad HC CJ D B Bhosale, said "the committee concludes that there is sufficient substance in the allegations" against Justice Shukla and that the aberrations on his part were serious enough to warrant initiation of removal proceedings. However, Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi, the two other judges who had revolted against the CJI, were not present at the launch.

A bench headed by the CJI overturned this order and Mr Bhushan's case was assigned to a bench of Justice R.K. Agrawal, which slapped Rs 25 lakhs on the petitioner.

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