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Salve gets CJI Dattu to stay yesterday's Guj HC order in land grant to judges [READ ORDER | UPDATE-2]

PTI and others reported that a Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu and justices PC Ghose and Abhay Manohar Sapre has stayed yesterday’s Gujarat high court order serving notice on 27 of its current and former judges over land allotted to them by the state government in 2008.

According to PTI, Dattu said: “The high court was in mortal hurry. This should not have happened. Let the order be stayed. Let us see what can be done.” He ordered the judges’ names to be deleted from the high court petition while notice to the state government and local authorities would be issued.

Senior counsel Harish Salve appeared for one of the retired judges named, Justice Dhiren Arvind Mehta, questioning “the hurry shown by the high court in entertaining a letter by turning it into PIL over allotment of plots which was made several years ago”, according to PTI.

Senior counsel KK Venugopal is appearing for the Gujarat high court advocates association.

The Hindu reported that the judges asked to respond by the Gujarat high court included “Justice Anil R. Dave of the Supreme Court; Chief Justices of the Bombay and Orissa High Courts M.S. Shah and D.H. Waghela, respectively; and eight judges of the Gujarat High Court”:

B.J. Shethna and K.R. Vyas had written to the High Court, where they had served as judges, that they had not been allotted plots by the Niti Bagh Judges Cooperative Housing Society in the upscale Sola and Gota areas in Ahmedabad. They had sought transparency in the allotments.

On August 10, a Bench of Justices Sahai and R.P. Dholaria suo motu converted the letter to a public interest litigation petition. The Bench then went on to implead, and issue notice to, the former and sitting judges.

The Bench refused requests made by the Advocate-General, Gujarat, for time to study the documents, but framed legal questions and referred the matter to a larger Bench to start hearing from Wednesday.

Today's SC order
Today's SC order

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