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8 of 16 CJIs were corrupt: Ex-Law Min
Published on 17 Sep. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Former union law minister Shanti Bhushan Thursday told the Supreme Court that eight out of the 16 former chief justices of India (CJIs) were “definitely corrupt”.
Shanti Bhushan said this in an affidavit filed Thursday. He said that six out of the 16 CJIs were “definitely honest”. About two CJIs “a definite opinion cannot be expressed whether they were honest or corrupt”, he said.
The senior counsel gave details of the identity of the “definitely corrupt”, “definitely honest” and two other judges in a sealed cover for the perusal of judges hearing a contempt petition against his son and advocate, Prashant Bhushan. Shanti Bhushan has signed the list.
Bushan said that since he was saying so publicly he should be made to face contempt of court proceedings and impleaded in the case in which Prashant Bhushan too was facing contempt proceedings. Prashant Bhushan is facing contempt proceedings for saying that Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia committed a judicial impropriety by being on the forest bench that heard Sterlite Industries matter. He said this in an interview and at that time Chief Justice Kapadia was a senior judge in the apex court. In his affidavit, Shanti Bhushan said that he should be “suitably punished for this contempt”.
The former law minister said that he would consider it as an honour to spend some time in jail for making an effort to get the people of India an “honest and clean judiciary”.
The senior counsel said that since the question arising in this case affects the judiciary as a whole, the petition “needs to be decided by the entire court and not merely by three judges handpicked by a chief justice”.
16 CJI in the past that Shanti Bhushan has mentioned in his affidavit are Justice Rangnath Mishra, Justice K.N. Singh, Justice M.H. Kania, Justice L.M. Sharma, Justice M.N. Venkatachalliah, Justice A.M. Ahmadi, Justice J.S. Verma, Justice M.M. Punchhi, Justice A.S. Anand, Justice S.P. Bharucha, Justice B.N. Kirpal, Justice G.B. Pathak, Justice Rajendra Babu, Justice R.C. Lahoti, Justice V.N. Khare and Justice Y.K. Sabharwal.
He said that the names of those four CJIs were included in the list of eight “corrupt” CJIs. Shanti Bhushan in his affidavit referred to Gujarat High Court Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhyay’s remark that “in our judiciary, anybody can be bought”.

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