Very improper to file plea and say make me HC judge: Supreme Court

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Updated: Sep 16, 2020 8:42 PM

The observations of the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, came while hearing a plea filed by some judicial officers from Uttar Pradesh.

The bench said it indicated that about 175 cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and 14 cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 are pending against sitting or former lawmakers.

The Supreme Court Wednesday said it is ‘very improper’ that someone files a petition and says that he should be made a judge of the high court. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde observed that nobody can become a high court by saying ‘I want to be’.

The observations of the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, came while hearing a plea filed by some judicial officers from Uttar Pradesh.

The bench agreed to hear the petition and issued notices to its secretary general and others, including the Centre, seeking their responses on the plea which has sought reconsideration of the matter relating to their elevation as judges of the Allahabad High Court.

“Issue notice returnable within four weeks,” the bench said in its order.

After issuing notice in the matter, the CJI observed, “This is something very new. I do not think anybody should come and say appoint me as a high court judge”.

“You do not become a high court judge by saying that I want to be,” the bench said. “We find it very improper that somebody will file a writ petition and say that make me a high court judge.” One of the seven petitioners is a retired judicial officer of Uttar Pradesh.

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