Assam: Harsh Mander slammed, is out as petitioner for saying CJI must recuse

Coming down heavily on activist Harsh Mander who sought the recusal of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi from a matter relating to the detention of alleged illegals in Assam, the Supreme Court Thursday removed him as a petitioner in the matter saying the “grounds” he had cited “have enormous potential to damage the institution”.

“Recusal is destruction of institution. Don’t even think of it… Learn to trust your judges. The day you don’t trust your judges, you’ve had it,” CJI Gogoi told Mander who had alleged that the CJI was “using” his petition on the plight of those lodged in the detention centres “to ensure that the state… commit to mass deportation of alleged foreigners”.

The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, dismissed Mander’s plea, named the Supreme Court Legal Services Authority as the petitioner in his place and appointed advocate Prashant Bhushan as amicus curiae on the issue of the detention centres.…


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