Delhi, August 25: The Supreme Court on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh each on two men for filing a “motivated” petition against the practice of recommending to the President, the name of a successor by the incumbent Chief Justice of India.
A bench chaired by Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud cited that imposition of exemplary cost on Swami Om and Mukesh Jain was required to give across a message to similarly placed people to stop them from filing such pleas.
The petitioners, who did not allege anything in their plea against the CJI designate, referred to the constitutional scheme on the appointment of CJI and the Chief Justices of the High Courts and claimed that the process of recommending the name of successor by the incumbent CJI violated the spirit of Constitution, PTI reported.
The bench in its order noted that Article 124A, amended by the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, has already been turned down by a constitution bench.
Article 124 of the Constitution deals with the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court, while Article 124A provides for the composition of the National Judicial Appointments Commission.
The Top court asked the petitioners to deposit the penalty in one month from today and said that the amount should be sent to the Prime Minister Relief Fund.
The court also directed re-listing of the matter after a month if the petitioners fail to deposit the cost imposed.