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Medical admission scam: No judicial work for Allahabad HC judge

01 February 2018

In November a year ago, complaints of corruption against justice Shukla were received by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who then set up an in-house inquiry committee to probe the allegations.

Justice Misra is reported to have written to the President and the Prime Minister after three judges inquiry committee adversely commented on the conduct of Justice Shukla in a medical college scam. Shukla refused to resign or seek voluntary retirement, the newspaper said, quoting an unidentified source.

The CJI then advised the Chief Justice of the High Court to consider withdrawing judicial work from Justice Shukla. After the probe panel held Justice Shukla of committing gross judicial misconduct, the only course available is either he quit on his own or the government initiates impeachment proceedings against him under the Judges (Inquiry) Act 1986.

"I request you to leave me alone", Justice Shukla said when he was contacted.

Misra is likely to recommend Shukla's removal to President Ram Nath Kovind "any time", the source said.

What was supposed to be a formal function for release of a newsletter of the Supreme Court bar Association on Tuesday (January 30), a bonus for everybody was a possible sign of melting ice between Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the four "rebel" judges.

The commiitee appointed by the Rajya Sabha Chairperson would examine the evidence and records and would then opine if the same formed the basis for whether or not removal motion be debated in the Upper House.

The Supreme Court has been functioning with only one woman judge for the past three years with Justice R Banumathi being the only woman judge since October 29, 2014. It may be recalled that he was recently probed for his role in the medical admission scam.

Besides the CJI, the collegium comprises of four senior-most judges of the top court - Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - who had held the press conference highlighting various issues, including allocation of important and sensitive PILs, and questioned the manner in which the CJI was allocating them.

The campaign for Judicial Accountability through advocate Prashant Bhushan filed a PIL in the Apex Court for a probe by a special investigation team into allegations of corruption against judges of higher judiciary.

Medical admission scam: No judicial work for Allahabad HC judge