Chief Justice bench of Delhi High Court recuses from hearing review plea against appointment of Justice DY Chandrachud as CJI

The matter will be heard by a different bench on January 16, Monday.
Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad
Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad

A Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice (CJ) Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad recused from hearing a review petition challenging appointment of Justice DY Chandrachud as the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

The matter will be heard by a different bench on January 16, Monday.

The review petition was filed against an order of the High Court dated November 11, 2022, by which the petition challenging appointment of CJI Chandrachud was dismissed by the High Court.

The dismissal order was passed by the same bench of CJ Sharma and Justice Prasad which recused today.

The Court, by its November 11 order, had also imposed costs of ₹1 lakh on the petitioner, Sanjeev Kumar Tiwari, who is the president of an organisation named Gram Uday Foundation.

The Court while dismissing the plea on November 11, had said that a similar petition had already been dismissed by the Supreme Court and, therefore, the petitioner chose to come to High Court "camouflaging the same issue as a fresh cause, which reflects on his oblique motive and highlights the questionable credentials of the Petitioner".

The Court had said that it was a “classic case of an action without a cause, full of surmises, conjectures and wishful thinking”.

Tiwari then chose to file the present review petition.

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