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Judiciary's independence can't be at mercy of CBI or police: SC

"Thus, the instant petitions as filed, are a misconceived venture inasmuch as the petition wrongly presupposes that investigation involves higher judiciary.
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New Delhi | Posted : Nov 15 2017 2:03AM | Updated: Nov 15 2017 12:24AM
Judiciary's independence can't be at mercy of CBI or police: SC
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Independence of judiciary cannot be left "at the mercy of the CBI or police", the Supreme Court today observed while reiterating that no FIR can be lodged against a sitting judge of the apex court or the high courts.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice R K Agrawal, while dismissing a plea for SIT probe in an alleged case of bribery in the name of judges, referred to a 1991 constitution bench judgement that had held that registration of FIRs against sitting judges of the higher judiciary was not permissible.

"Thus, the instant petitions as filed, are a misconceived venture inasmuch as the petition wrongly presupposes that investigation involves higher judiciary, that is this court's functionaries are under the scanner in the aforesaid case; that independence of judiciary cannot be left at the mercy of the CBI or that of the police is a red herring," the bench, also comprising Justices Arun Mishra and A M Khanwilkar, said.