Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on Monday initiated court proceedings at 10.45 AM instead of the scheduled 10.30 AM amid speculation that they held a brief meeting on the issue of the Notice for Removal of the CJI.
CJI Misra, who usually holds his court at 10.30 AM, entered the courtroom almost 15 minutes late and started hearing lawyers who wanted their petitions to be listed for urgent mentioning.
BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy was among the first few litigants to mention his petition for urgent hearing.
The CJI’s courtroom was packed with lawyers including those who had no matters to argue for. Besides the Chief Justice, all other courts sat late at 10.45 AM to undertake today’s court proceedings.
Speculation was rife among lawyers that judges held a brief, informal meeting before they started today’s business.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the notice given by the Congress and six other opposition parties, citing lack of substantial merit in it. He had held extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts, including former chief justices and judges, before taking the decision.
(With inputs from PTI)