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ICJ wants CJI to order probe against SC judge

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Published : Jul 26, 2017, 1:44 am IST
Updated : Jul 26, 2017, 1:44 am IST

In 2013, the ICJ had taken up the matter of impeachment of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake with the Sri Lankan government.

Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar
 Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar

New Delhi: The International Council of Jurists (ICJ) has urged Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar to set up a committee to probe into the allegations of irregularities against a senior sitting apex court Judge.

In a petition submitted to the CJI, ICJ president Dr Adish C. Aggarwala said normally, the council never looked into matters relating to the working, appointment and removal of judges, and only involved itself in the rarest of rare cases. 

In 2013, the ICJ had taken up the matter of impeachment of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake with the Sri Lankan government.

The ICJ prodded the CJI to appoint an in-house committee consisting of Judges of the Supreme Court to look into the allegations against the senior Judge and ensure transparency in the judiciary. 

The ICJ pointed out that an in-house enquiry committee, headed by Punjab and Haryana high court Chief Justice S.J. Vazifdar, and comprising Tripura high court Chief Justice T. Vaiphei and Allahabad high court’s senior Justice Arun Tandon, which was probing allegations against two Orissa high court judges, had abruptly ended its probe after the name of one sitting apex court Judge cropped up during its enquiry.

The committtee had informed the CJI that it could not continue an enquiry that involved a sitting Supreme Court Judge. In this context, the ICJ “is seeking your Lordship‘s intervention”, the ICJ said. It urged the CJI to set up a committee to look into the matter to protect and safeguard the image of the judiciary. 

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