Medical College bribery case: SC reserves judgement in CJAR petition

A Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice R.K.Agrawal, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice Arun Mishra reserved its judgement on Monday (November 27th) in the petition filed by Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) which sought a Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigation into the medical college scam. The bench heard the arguments by counsel of petitioner Prashant Bhushan and Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal.  

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, addressing the three-judge Bench, stated that he didn’t want to direct accusations against any one person but wanted to emphasise the importance of the independence of the judiciary.

Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted that the petition was an identical copy of the petition filed by Kamini Jaiswal previously which has been dismissed by this court. To this Advocate Prashant Bhushan retorted claiming that all aspects of the petition had not been dealt with by the Bench.

The bench questioned the validity of an unregistered body filing a petition as opposed to a specific person. It was stated that the affidavit nowhere mentions the name of the person through whom such a petition has been filed. To this Advocate Prashant Bhushan responded that the Secretary of the CJAR had filed the petition and stated that the details would be furnished to the Court.

On November 14th, a three-judge bench comprising of Justice R.K. Agrawal, Justice A.K. Mishra and Justice A.M.Khanwilkar pronounced its judgement in the petition filed by Kamini Jaiswal regarding the prayer for investigation in the matter by a SIT. The court indicated that two identical petitions with identical content had been filed by CJAR and Kamini Jaiswal before two separate benches. It condemned the petitioners for forum hunting, i.e. trying to get their petition heard by a bench that is likely to produce a favourable order. The petition was dismissed.

The issue in question is regarding an FIR filed by the CBI alleging corruption surrounding an attempt to influence the outcome of a case with reference to medical colleges compliance requirements by Medical Council of India(MCI).

The judgement will be pronounced on Friday (December 1st).