The Supreme Court on Friday (August 21, 2020) refused to entertain a plea seeking setting up of a three-judge panel to inquire into the conduct of former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, as a judge of the Apex Court.
A Bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Arun Mishra dismissed the petition filed by one, Arun Ramchandra Hublikar. “We dismiss the petition. There is no merit in it. The respondent is already demitted his office,” the Bench, led by Justice Mishra said and rejected the petition filed by Hublikar.
Hublikar, the petitioner-in-person, had moved the Apex Court and filed the plea seeking setting up of a three-judge panel to inquire into the conduct of the former CJI as a judge of the Top Court. The petitioner has moved the Apex Court, seeking a direction for an “in house Inquiry” by a committee of judges against former CJI Mr. Gogoi alleging bias and improper conduct in passing an ex parte (without a party) order in July 2016. The Court said that Justice Gogoi has retired, nothing can be done now. Hublikar argued before the Apex Court that he had filed a plea in 2018, it was not listed by the registry despite dozens of reminder letters being sent by him. Justice Gogoi, the first person from the northeast to reach the top of the judiciary and credited for bringing the curtains down on the decades-old politically and religiously sensitive Ayodhya land dispute, had retired as the CJI on November 17 last year.