In an unexpected turn of event, Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde rescued himself from a special leave petition filed by the Andhra Pradesh government in the Supreme Court challenging the status quo given by the high court on the three capital bills passed by his excellency the governor of Andhra Pradesh Biswabhusan Harichandan.
A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Babde and two other justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian is hearing the case in the Supreme Court. However, the case was adjourned when senior advocate Ranjit Kumar raised an objection during the hearing that the daughter of Chief Justice of India was arguing for the petitions filed on behalf of the farmers of the Amaravati region. Subsequently, Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde announced that he was withdrawing from the trial.
He also directed the Supreme Court Registrar to transfer the case to another bench. Since the advocate who is arguing in the lower court on behalf of the farmers is his daughter, it seems that Justice Bobde made this decision without having that effect on the orders he gives in this case. The Supreme Court is also taking all precautions in the light of the fact that the state government, along with many farmers, already consider the trial as ambitious. As it is a key case, the tribunal is careful in all other matters besides allocation. Chief Justice Bobde immediately withdrew himself when he learned that his family members were arguing in the High Court in the same vein. The crucial case was adjourned to Wednesday.
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