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Bhushan names six former CJIs with reasons why ‘corrupt’

Advocate Prashanth Bhushan, who is currently facing contempt proceedings for having called eight out of the previous 17 Chief Justices of India (CJIs) corrupt, has submitted a second affidavit to the Supreme Court giving evidence of six former CJIs’ alleged corruption.

Bhushan said that he provided all the "documentary information on record to dispel any impression that my remarks were baseless or made with reckless disregard to the truth", according to personal finance magazine moneylife.in yesterday. In particular, he said that:

  • Chief Justice Ranganath Mishra, “as a judge of the Supreme Court presided over a Commission of Inquiry on the genocide of Sikhs in 1984. He conducted the inquiry proceedings in a highly biased manner and went on to give a clean chit to the Congress party, despite there being considerable evidence implicating senior leaders of the Congress party.”
  • Chief Justice KN Singh "passed a series of unusually benevolent orders in favour of Jain Exports, and its sister concern Jain Shudh Vanaspati”
  • Chief Justice AM Ahmadi was partly responsible for the “miscarriage of justice” in the Bhopal gas leak tragedy case and for purchasing a plot and constructing a “palatial house” in a development where construction was prohibited by the Supreme Court for environmental reasons.
  • Justice MM Punchhi had had an impeachment motion prepared about him by the Committee on Judicial Accountability “which had been signed by more than 25 members of the Rajya Sabha, but did not get the requisite number of signatures since he went on to become Chief Justice of India” and was subject to “six extremely serious charges”
  • “Dr AS Anand who too enjoyed a very controversial tenure as Chief Justice of India. During his tenure, evidence of several acts of very serious misconduct came to light and came to the possession of the Committee on Judicial Accountability. As a result of this, an impeachment motion was also prepared by the Committee on Judicial Accountability against Justice Anand which contained 4 serious charges.”
  • Justice YK Sabharwal allegedly "passed a series of orders for sealing commercial properties in Delhi" forcing them to shift to large shopping malls and commercial complexes in which his sons had become partners”.

Current CJI SH Kapadia was of “financial integrity”, said Bhushan, although he had passed “unconscionable orders” in the past.

Bhushan explained that he provided the additional details because the Supreme Court did not react to his first affidavit in which he alleged that Harish Salve who filed the contempt application as amicus curiae was under a conflict of interest and should not have been permitted to appear.

View Bhushan's second affidavit here.

Full article at moneylife.in.

Legally India summary of the case.

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