The judges of high courts, who get Rs 80,000 per month now, will get Rs 2.25 lakh per month, the bill states. After the probe panel held Justice Shukla of committing gross judicial misconduct, the only course available is either he quit on his own or the government initiates impeachment proceedings against him under the Judges (Inquiry) Act 1986.
A three-judge in-house committee, comprising Madras High Court chief justice Indira Banerjee, Sikkim High Court chief justice SK Agnihotri and Madhya Pradesh High Court judge Justice PK Jaiswal, had concluded there was sufficient substance in the allegations contained in the complaint against Shukla and that the aberrations were serious enough to call for initiation of proceedings for his removal. The judge had been found guilty of passing favourable orders while deciding the GCRG Medical College case, which was also similar to that of the Prasad Institute case.
The CJI and several other judges of the top court had been meeting each other to discuss the issues which had come up at the presser.
Consequently, the CBI moved ahead with a PE into the matter, which was filed on September 8.
Justice Shukla, while heading a division bench in the HC, allegedly defied categorical restraint orders passed by a CJI-led bench last year to permit private colleges to admit students for the 2017-18 academic year. However, since August 2017, some of the colleges have been granted relief by both the Supreme Court and Allahabad High Court.
Sources familiar with the matter said that justice Shukla has not been attending the high court since the last week as all judicial work has been taken away from him.
As against the approved strength of 31, the Supreme Court today has 25 judges.
The four judges at the Friday press conference were of the views that CJI was allocating certain high profile and important cases to the judges of his choice instead of assigning them to judges with more experience and years in the top court. Further, it directed the MCI to send a fresh inspecting team to the colleges to assess their eligibility for admitting students for the 2018-19 session.