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14 November, 2017, 10:30 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on the application filed by Tamil Nadu government seeking clarification on location of liquor shops along national and state highways passing through municipal areas. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by senior lawyer Kamini Jaiswal who had sought a Special Investigation Team inquiry into the medical colleges bribery case, Live Law reported.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the Centre's response when the petitioners said that the use of pesticides, including herbicides, had an alarming adverse affect on the health of farmers, farm workers and consumers.

The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday whether filing of two petitions with identical facts related to alleged bribing of judges amounted to forum hunting and if the allegations made against the CJI Dipak Misra amounted to contempt of court.

He said that the second petition ought not to have been filed when the first petition from Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms was listed before another bench for hearing on November 10. "Now the question is how to fix the damage? Why can't you listen to the AG", said Justice Agarwal responding to the allegations by Bhushans. "Although it does not name any acting judge directly but talk of bribes to influence a pending case...it's serious", Mishra said.

On November 9, a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had ordered that the plea should be heard by a five-judge constitution bench of the senior-most judges of the apex court.

Earlier, Attorney General KK Venugopal said Prashant Bhsuan should withdraw the plea as it has cost the reputation of the institution.

The hearing, which got increasingly heated, found Justice Mishra warning the petitioners that if such behavouir was allowed to go unpunished, no judge would be spared.

At the outset, a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, orally clarified that the objective of the July 11 order was only to clarify that stretches of highways running through municipal areas were exempted from the December 2016 ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres along national and state highways.

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