New Delhi: The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Tuesday will hear the bunch of petitions by G.S. Mani & Anr. against Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy after he wrote a letter to the CJI making allegations against Judges of Supreme Court and the High Court and released the contents of letter in media.
Previously on November 16, the matter was listed before the three-judge bench of Justice UU Lalit, Vineet Saran and S. Ravindra Bhat. But Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing the matter. He said: “As a lawyer, I had represented these parties in litigation. I cannot take up this matter. Let this matter be listed at the earliest before any other judge decided by the CJI.”
Therefore, on December 1, the petitions are listed before the three-judge bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy.
The petition has been filed by GS Mani, Sunil Kumar Singh and Anti Corruption Council of India Trust to initiate Contempt of Court proceedings against the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on his scandalous remarks against the sitting judges of the Supreme Court & the High Court.
It was argued in the petitions that making allegations against sitting judges without any basis and evidence comes under Contempt of Courts Act. Sunil Kumar Singh sought directions form the court to issue show cause notice to YS Jaganmohan Reddy as to why action should not be taken against him for making baseless allegations against the Judges.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy caused a sensation in judicial circles when he wrote to the Chief Justice of India S. A. Bobde, alleging improper conduct by Supreme Court judge, Justice N. V. Ramana.
Reddy has accused Justice Ramana of intervening in legal matters to protect the interests of the Telugu Desam Party and its president, and his predecessor, N. Chandrababu Naidu. His allegations are even more sensational considering that Justice Ramana is in line to become the next chief justice of India.
The letter refers to the period when Justice Ramana was a judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The chief minister’s allegations referred to land deals in the state capital Amaravati, which had come under judicial scrutiny, and claimed that Justice Ramana had interfered in these cases. The letter was made public on October 10, when the chief minister’s principal adviser Ajeya Kallam, shared it with the media, while refusing to take any questions. The letter and additional documents, are a desperate bid to imply a connection between Justice Ramana and Naidu.
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One policy has been being observed in the judiciary system since our independence, but, contrary to this policy(not to question the judges), so many issues are being raised against judges also. Judgment may be questioned, but, judges should not be questioned. One example I want to express to you. In a litigation between two persons, i.e., Party A Vs Parry B. A wins against B in one Lower Court, then B goes for appeal, where B wins, again, A goes to appeal, where A wins, again B goes for appeal, here again B wins. In this episode, last court is Supreme court. In four stages of judgements. Three(3) judgments are proved wrong. But, at present, to get the judgement, it takes nearly 10 to 15 years. Here, my doubt is, first 3 judgements are proved by the concerned courts as wrong. Then, why don’t we question the judge along with judgements?. Some urgent changes have to come in the judiciary system. Judges should be appointed by conducting all India level examination and appoint judges through commissiononly, by banning the present system of appointments to the judges. Some Changes should come in the present judiciary system. Hope so,we can see changes in future.
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