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SC bins 'unwanted shadow of doubt'

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking a special probe into bribery allegations linked to the judiciary, saying no FIR can be registered against a judge, let alone the Chief Justice of India, without consulting some of the highest offices in the country.

"There cannot be registration of any FIR against a high court judge or chief justice of the high court or a Supreme Court judge without the consultation of the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India. In case there is an allegation against the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India, the decision has to be taken by the Hon'ble President in accordance with the procedure prescribed in the said decision," the court said.

The bench of Justices R.K. Aggrawal, Arun Misra and A.M. Khanwilkar described as "contemptuous" and "scandalous" two petitions filed by an NGO, the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan and advocate Kamini Jaiswal, but let them off hoping "good sense" would prevail and they would make "amends".

The petitioners had wanted the court to order a probe into allegations that a retired high court judge had taken a bribe to influence the outcome of a medical college case in the top court. One of the judges who heard the medical college case was the current Chief Justice of India. The petitioners had suggested that an FIR be recorded against the Chief Justice.

The three-judge bench said on Tuesday: "An effort was made to create ripples in this court; serious and unwanted shadow of doubt has been created for no good reason whatsoever by way of filing the petition, which was wholly scandalous...."

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