SC stays HC order partially, issues notice
Issuing a notice to the petitioner before the HC, the Bench agreed to stay only that part of the order which had quashed paragraph 10 of the impugned circular. Paragraph 10 constituted 11 terms. The seventh term required a judge to disclose the source of funding and complete break-up of expenditure met and committed on a private foreign visit. The concluding portion used the expression “and balance from the budget allocation”.
The HC, which in an earlier hearing questioned if the government had a “charitable fund” for judges to meet any shortfall on committed trip expenditure, had finally set aside all the conditions. “Paragraph 10, found to be lowering the dignity of constitutional posts held by judges of HCs and the SC, is quashed,” the HC had said.
The Indian Express, had on June 7, first reported the HC order, directing the Centre to tweak the guidelines since these were “untenable”, and appeared to be the result of a “mindless
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