Bofors case: BJP leader files plea seeking CJI's recusal
New Delhi: A BJP leader, pursuing the politically sensitive Bofors pay-off case, on Wednesday filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking recusal of the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
Advocate Ajay Agrawal, who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli against then Congress president Sonia Gandhi, alleged that the chief justice was "prejudiced" and "bent upon" dismissing the case relating to Rs 64 crore pay- off off matter without going into the merits.
He referred to the January 16 hearing to draw an inference that the bench headed by CJI would, in all likelihood,
dismiss the appeal filed by him against the May 31, 2005 judgement of the Delhi HC discharging all the accused in
At the last hearing, he said, senior advocate Kapil Sibal was allowed to speak even after he objected to it.
He said the CJI did not stop Sibal from interfering in the matter.
The lawyer said there were at least three occasions during the hearing when the court was about to dismiss the matter because of Sibal's "unwarranted" interference.
"When the matter was called upon Sibal, who was already sitting in the front row on the left side, hops on the advocate's addressing dais and started addressing this court and said that matter is 31 years old and the appellant has no locus standi.