SC to hear plea on medical admission scam

A Supreme Court bench disposed of a case related to the delay in finalising the new procedure to appoint judges

The order passed on Wednesday is contrary to one passed on October 27 by a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit which said: "We need to consider the prayer that there should be no further delay in the finalisation of MOP in the larger public interest". Justices Goel and Lalit had said: "Even though no time limit was fixed by this court for finalisation of the MoP, the issue can not linger on indefinitely.We also find substance in the submission that MoP must provide for a mechanism for cutting down delay in appointment of regular chief justices of HCs".

The Memorandum of Procedure has remained pending since Constitution bench decision on December 16, 2016 in view of tug-of-war between the judiciary and the Union government over certain clauses like rejection of candidates on national security, widening zone of consultation, complaint disposal mechanism etc. The court had then expressed concern that many High Courts, including of Karnataka, were having only acting chief justice, though such an arrangement should not exceed beyond one month's time.

But after the post-lunch session on Wednesday, it was known that the matter was assigned to another bench by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. "That's all there is to be said", he said at the very beginning of the hearing.

A Petition was filed in the apex court on Thursday by some lawyers, seeking a thorough investigation into the case in which an attempt was allegedly made to bribe Supreme Court judges in Medical college case.

"There is a feeling that there is a delay. Access to justice is a fundamental right".

"And we know how to deal with it". The Court proceeded to dispose of the case stating there was no need to take up the matter.

Justice Amitav Roy told Mr. Luthra "your main grievance that you were not considered for appointment as a judge of this court".

In one such hearing in August 2016, Justice Thakur launched the sharpest ever public attack on the government by asking whether the Centre meant to bring the entire judicial institution to a "grinding halt" by sitting on recommendations of the Collegium for appointment and transfer of judges to High Courts.

The judges and judicial officers of subordinate courts got the last pay hike in 2010, a three-fold jump, from their salaries decided in 1999.

However, the hearings lost steam after Justice Thakur retired early this year and the stalemate over the MoP continued.

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