Justice Khanwilkar recuses himself from SC bench hearing Bofors case, doesn't cite reason for move
Justice AM Khanwilkar of the Supreme Court on Tuesday recused himself from hearing the politically sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors payoff case.
New Delhi: Justice AM Khanwilkar of the Supreme Court on Tuesday recused himself from hearing the politically sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors payoff case.
Justice Khanwilkar, who was the part of a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, did not give any reason for opting himself out of hearing the matter.
The bench, which also comprised Justice DY Chandrachud, said a new bench would be constituted for hearing the matter on 28 March.
The apex court was to hear the petition filed by BJP leader Ajay Agrawal challenging the 31 May, 2005 decision of the Delhi High Court quashing all charges against all the accused persons in the case.
The former home minister had challenged the Bombay HC order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh
On 3 March, the apex court had sought the NIA's response on Navalakha's plea seeking default bail in the case, saying chargesheet was not filed within the stipulated time period
The plea filed by advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay also sought directions to ascertain the feasibility of appointing a committee to enact a legislation on religious conversions