SC declines urgent hearing on PIL seeking probe into ex-judge Kurian Joseph’s claim

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined urgent hearing on a PIL seeking an inquiry into the claims of former apex court judge Justice Kurian Joseph that there were external influences on the working of the court during the tenure of ex-Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the submission of a lawyer in support of of his plea for an urgent hearing that the news reports pertained to the the credibility of the institution.

“Credibility of the institution is not determined by newspaper reports, but by people who man it,” said the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

The court asked the lawyer to ensure and maintain his own integrity and let the apex court to take care of itself.

The court said the PIL would come up for hearing in regular course.

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