The Supreme Court dismissed a petition on Wednesday that attempted to prevent Justice DY Chandrachud from taking the oath of office as the next Chief Justice of India.
Mursalin Asijith Shaikh’s plea was heard by a court that included Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, Justice Ravindra Bhat, and Justice Bela M Trivedi. “We believe the entire petition is misconceived,” the panel stated.
The petition, which was not on the cause-list for today, was mentioned by the petitioner’s advocate for urgent listing this morning. The lawyer requested a posting tomorrow stating that the oath-taking ceremony will take place on November 9, 2022. The plea will therefore be heard today at 12.45 p.m., according to CJI UU Lalit.
The petition was filed in response to a representation filed before the President of India by one Mr.Rashid Khan Pathan against Justice Chandrachud. The complaint went viral on social media and WhatsApp groups, prompting the Bar Council of India and several other bar bodies to release public comments strongly rejecting and dismissing the charges.
The petitioner’s lawyer objected to CJI Lalit hearing the case since he had proposed Justice Chandrachud as the successor. “We’re simply concerned with whether you’ve made out your case or not,” CJI Lalit stated.