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Justice Lalit recuses from hearing PILs against Andhra CM

New Delhi: Supreme Court Judge, UU Lalit on Monday recused himself from hearing pleas seeking action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy over his “scandalising” remarks against the second senior-most judge of the Apex Court.

The Public Interest Litigations (PIL) came up before a Bench which also comprised Justices Vineet Saran and Ravindra Bhat, when Justice Lalit asserted, “As a lawyer, I had represented these parties in litigation. I cannot take up this matter. Let this matter be listed at the earliest before any other judge decided by the CJI.”

The Bench then recorded a short order, requesting Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde to list the case before an appropriate Bench.

The top court was to hear three petitions, jointly filed by advocates GS Mani, Pradeep Kumar Yadav and SK Singh, contended that Jagan Mohan Reddy is facing more than 20 criminal cases, including money laundering and corruption in the court which are very serious in nature.

The pleas also sought an explanation from Reddy for writing a letter to the CJI Bobde making “wild and reckless” allegations against Justice NV Ramana.


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