The Supreme Court today dismissed a pointless PIL seeking an in-house inquiry against former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, noting that the judge has now relinquished the office.
In 2018, Arun Ramachandra Hubalikar filed a PIL, which came up for hearing only today. The Bench informally had observed the prayer to be unnecessary despite that he was allowed to appear in person.
The Bench included Justice Arun Mishra, Justice BR Gavai, and Justice Krishna Murari. The petitioner argued that the former CJI had abused his office through acts of “commission and omission” during his tenure. He also added that the orders passed by the CJI when in the office were biased and based on misconduct.
The Apex Court, however, pointed out that since the former CJI has resigned from the office, the prayer is pointless and no such in-house inquiry can be ordered at this time. Rather Justice Mishra questioned him for the delay in the PIL to which he responded that his plea was not listed despite several reminders sent by him from the past 2 years.
The Supreme Court concluded by dismissing the PIL and considered it as infructuous.