In Judge vs. Judge, Supreme Court stays Calcutta High Court proceedings

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court today stayed Calcutta High Court Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay's order seeking a CBI probe into medical admissions in Bengal. The matter concerns alleged irregularities in the issuance of reserved category certificates and admission of MBBS candidates in state-run medical colleges and hospitals in West Bengal.

In an unprecedented case, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay accused his colleague Justice Soumen Sen, who was presiding over a division bench that stayed a single-judge order for a CBI probe into irregularities in medical admissions, of working to a political party.

A five-judge constitutional bench comprising CJI DY Chandrachud and justices Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose heard the matter today. The court issued notice to the West Bengal government and the original petitioner in the case.

He also stayed the orders passed by the single judge and the division bench in the matter.

“We will take up this on Monday, we will take up this now to pass this order. We have taken over now,” the court said.

A single bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay on Thursday held that the order passed by the division bench of Justices Soumen Sen and Uday Kumar is wholly illegal and should be ignored.

Initially, the single court had directed a CBI probe saying it had no faith in the state police following a plea filed by MBBS candidate Itisha Soren alleging irregularities in admissions of candidates in medical colleges and hospitals under the category backup.

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