SC expresses anguish over trend of targeting judges

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today expressed anguish over an emerging “trend of targeting judges” and said this “must stop”, while indicating that it

May impose an exemplary cost of Rs 25 lakh on an organisation for raking up the issue of “conflict of interest” against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.

A charitable organisation ‘Bhartiya Matdata Sangathan’, in its plea, has alleged that in disregard of constitutional morality, a relative of the CJI, who is an MP from Odisha, was practising as a senior lawyer in the courts and tribunals here.

A bench, comprising the CJI and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, had on July 9 reserved its verdict on a PIL filed by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking to ban legislators from practising as advocates.

Taking strong note of the interim plea of the organisation in the PIL on which the verdict has already been reserved, the bench said “this has become a trend of targeting judges. This trend must stop. If you have to make the allegation, please make them at the outset so that we can deal with them.” (AGENCIES)