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SC judge recuses himself from PIL on gas price hike

A Supreme Court judge, Justice HL Dattu, on Monday recused himself from hearing a PIL challenging the price hike of natural gas.

The petition has alleged collusion between Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and the political establishment and has sought an inquiry that why the central government did not take any action against the company for its misconduct.

‘Not before me,’ Justice HL Dattu said when the PIL, filed by civil society members including former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian and ex-Naval chief Admiral L Ramdas, came up for hearing before a bench headed by him.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner submitted that a similar matter is pending before a bench headed by the Chief Justice and pleaded that the matter be also transferred to that bench. Justice Dattu, however, refused to pass any order and said, without giving any reason, that he cannot hear the case.
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