CJI Permits CBI to Lodge FIR Against Sitting HC Judge, Justice Shukla
The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi gave permission to CBI on 30th July 2019, to file an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) against Justice SN Shukla of Allahabad High Court.
A complaint was filed by UP Advocate General, Raghvendra Singh, alleging Justice Shah of serious judicial misconduct to former CJI Deepak Misra after which a Preliminary Enquiry against the judge was ordered. A Panel comprising of three High Court Chief Justices found him guilty of giving favours to a private medical college by extending deadline for admission of students, violating a Supreme Court order.
CJI Misra had asked him to resign or seek early retirement, which the High Court Justice refused. Later he made a request before the present CJI to re-allocate his judicial work, which was vehemently rejected by CJI Ranjan Gogoi who thereafter wrote to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to move a motion in the Parliament for removal of Justice Shukla.
The CJI granted permission to CBI to register an FIR against Justice Shukla under PCA alleging misconduct and judicial irregularities in view of the Supreme Court's verdict in K. Veeraswami v. Union Of India & Ors., 1991 wherein the court held that to lodge an FIR against a sitting Supreme Court or High Court judge, first evidence must be shown to the CJI and his permission must be taken.