SC judge recuses self from hearing Bofors appeal

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NEW DELHI: Justice A M Khanwilkar of the Supreme Court on Tuesday recused himself from hearing an appeal challenging a Delhi high court judgment closing the politically sensitive Bofors payoff case as well as acquitting the UKbased Hinduja brothers.

Petitioner advocate Ajay Agrawal had filed an appeal against the HC’s 2005 verdict and kept the case alive as the CBI was not permitted by the Congress-led UPA government to challenge the decision in the SC.

Agrawal had filed an application seeking the recusal of Chief Justice Dipak Misra from hearing the case, claiming the CJI was under pressure to dismiss the appeal as senior advocate Kapil Sibal had appeared before the Justice Misra-led bench in the last hearing and questioned the petitioner’s locus standi.

The petitioner claimed Sibal, also a senior Congress leader, had taken the lead in canvassing support for a removal motion against the CJI in the medical scam case.

On Tuesday, additional…

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