Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday refused to recuse himself from Assam detention centre case.
Rejecting a petition filed by rights activist and retired bureaucrat Harsh Mander seeking recusal of Chief Justice Gogoi from hearing the case, the Supreme Court bench removed the name of the petitioner from the records and appointed Legal Services authority as the petitioner in the case, Live Law reported.
“We will not allow anyone to disrupt the institution,” CJI Gogoi said while refusing to recuse himself from hearing the case.
Petitioner Mander’s previous counsel and senior lawyer of the top court, Prashant Bhushan has been appointed as the Amicus Curie in the case.
Mander filed the application demanding the recusal of Chief Justice Gogoi from hearing the writ petition in the interest of justice, in the larger interest of the institution.
He further submitted that he is no longer using the legal services of advocate Bhushan in the case.
He submitted that he had filed the petition seeking the compassion, humanity and the commitment of Supreme Court in upholding international human rights regimes as well as its own tradition of safeguarding and guaranteeing human rights enshrined in India’s Constitution for all human beings not just its own citizens.
According to him, the comments and oral observations made by the CJI Gogoi when the matter has come up for hearing before this Court has raised a serious apprehension in the mind of the petitioner that there is the possibility of a bias affecting the outcome of the petition.