SC stays Gujarat HC order issuing notices to 27 sitting, former judges
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Gujarat High Court order, issuing notices to 27 of its sitting and former judges over allotment of government plots to them. A bench led by Chief Justice HL Dattu also issued notices to the Gujarat government and Registrar of Cooperative Societies. A bench of the Gujarat High Court, led by outgoing acting Chief Justice VM Sahai, had on Monday issued notices to 27 judges, seeking their replies on the 2008 allotment of residential plots. Then on Tuesday, Justice Sahai had constituted a larger bench of three judges to hear the plea and listed its first hearing on Wednesday morning, the day he is to retire. The judges, to whom notices have been sent, include eight sitting Gujarat High Court judges, Chief Justices of Bombay and Orissa High Courts and a sitting judge of Supreme Court. The High Court had taken suo motu cognisance of two letters written last month by retired judges Justice B J Sethna and Justice K R Vyas alleging irregularities in the allotment and took these up as a PIL. These plots constitute Neetibaug Cooperative Housing Society and are located in the Sola and Gota areas which have emerged as plush neighbourhoods in Ahmedabad.