JUDGE IN DOCK … CJI gives nod to CBI to file corruption case against HC Judge



NEW DELHI: Corruption in the judiciary in India is no more a secret. There are the bad apples tarnishing the fair name of the judicial system as a whole. Now, in a rare instance, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has given his permission to the CBI to register a case against sitting Allahabad high court judge Justice Shri Narain Shukla in a corruption complaint. Nod from CJI is a pre-requisite to file a case against a sitting judge.

The case will be filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, in relation to allegations that the judge changed operative parts of a judgement to favour a private medical college in the matter of MBBS admissions.

Official sources said the judge SN Shukla’s arrest is likely. In the 1990s, the Supreme Court had prevented filing of a case against a judge on the ground that its permission had not been sought. Hence, the CBI approached the CJI first before filing the case.

In recent years, several cases of corruption in the judiciary came to be known through media publicity. The Crores for Bail scam, involving some judges of Andhra Pradesh a few years ago had been a sensational expose.

Several serving judges from Andhra Pradesh were arrested in 2012, in connection with the crores for bail case. They allegedly played roles in offering Rs 10crore as bribe to a judge for granting bail to mining baron and former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy. He was an accused in an illegal mining case. Reddy was a BJP leader and served jail term. The arrested judges had been remanded to judicial custody. The case proceeded thereafter. –IHN-NN

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