The CJI and several other judges of the top court had been meeting each other to discuss the issues which had come up at the presser.
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. Two complaints, including one from the advocate general of the state, was received by the CJI on September 1 past year and he set up an in-house committee comprising Madras HC CJ Indira Banerjee, Sikkim HC CJ S K Agnihotri and MP HC Justice P K Jaiswal. The complaint about misbehaviour or incapacity against a judge has to be probed under the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968.
Since Justice Shukla has not resigned as yet, as per the in-house mechanism, the CJI is bound to write to the president and the prime minister for initiation of proceedings to remove the judge by way of an impeachment motion, sources said.
Acting on the committee's recommendations and as per paragraph 7 (i) of the in-house procedure, the CJI advised to either resign or take voluntary retirement.
With an in-house committee concluding that a judge of the Allahabad High Court had committed judicial impropriety serious enough to warrant his removal, the subject of corruption in the higher judiciary is in the news. The case is related to a Lucknow-based private medical college being probed by the CBI. Further, it directed the MCI to send a fresh inspecting team to the colleges to assess their eligibility for admitting students for the 2018-19 session.
Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan (retd) described the entire controversy as being rooted in the administrative side of the top court's functioning.
When Justice Kurian Joseph walked in to attend the launch of SCBA Times, a newsletter by the Supreme Court Bar Association, all eyes hovered around the venue to find Justice (s) Chelameshwar, Gogoi and Arun Mishra. The petition by CJAR was also dismissed with the court imposing an exemplary cost of Rs 25 lakh. The CBI evidence presented to the CJI included transcripts of alleged telephone conversations between retired Odisha High Court judge I M Quddusi, middleman Vishwanath Agarwala and B P Yadav of the Prasad Education Trust.