SC Dismisses Plea Against Appointment Of Dipak Misra As CJI, Imposes Rs. 10 Lakh
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-26

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The Supreme Court on Thursday slapped a fine of Rs. 10 lakh each on controversial god-man Swami Omji and Delhi-based businessman Mukesh Jain for challenging the appointment of Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).

In its order, a divisional bench headed by CJI JS Khehar directed the duo to pay the amount of fine within a month’s time and the same amount should go to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Omji and Jain had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the convention followed and the procedure adopted for the appointment of Justice Mishra as the next CJI.

Both of them appeared in person in the court and argued in Hindi that under Article 124 (2), (3) and (A) of the Constitution, nowhere it was mentioned that the CJI to recommend the name of a judge for the next CJI, rather the President of India should choose a judge of his choice as the CJI.

However, the apex court rejected the PIL saying the same is ill motivated and a publicity stunt.

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