The Chief Justice of the Mumbai High Court recused himself from hearing on the appointment of CBI Director. Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court recuses from hearing on appointment of CBI Director

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  • Subodh Jaiswal’s appointment as CBI Director has been challenged
  • Petitioner’s counsel requested the bench not to recuse from hearing the matter

Subodh Jaiswal Appointment: A bench of the Mumbai High Court headed by Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta on Thursday recused itself from hearing a PIL challenging the appointment of Subodh Jaiswal as CBI director. The bench recused itself from hearing following a complaint made against Justice Datta. The PIL filed by former Maharashtra Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajendra Trivedi has challenged the appointment of Jaiswal as CBI Director in May 2021. Chief Justice Datta said that it has come to his notice that on March 22 this year, Trivedi has written a letter to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to “complaint” against him. Jaiswal, who was the Director General of Police of Maharashtra, was appointed as the Director of CBI in May last year.

My complaint was made to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Trivedi had challenged Jaiswal’s appointment by filing a petition on November 11 last year through advocate SB Talekar. The Central Government on Wednesday told the Mumbai High Court that the appointment of senior IPS officer Subodh Jaiswal as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been done in accordance with the procedure laid down in law and that he has sufficient experience. On Thursday, Additional Solicitor General S V Raju and ASG Anil Singh appeared for the central government. He requested for urgent hearing of the matter.

To this, Chief Justice Dutta said that it would not be appropriate that he hear the matter. He said Talekar, you might not know this, but your client (petitioner) had written a letter to the Chief Justice of India complaining against me. Talekar said that he was not aware of the letter and his client was claiming that he did not write such a letter. Talekar requested the bench not to recuse from hearing the matter. However, Justice Dutta denied this.

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