New Delhi, Apr 22 (ILNS): The Supreme Court has today allowed Senior Advocate Harish Salve to recuse himself from being Amicus Curie in the suo motu cognizance taken by Supreme Court over the issue of the critical situation arising due to shortage in supply of oxygen to hospitals in the Capital and also of the shortage of life-saving drugs.
A three Judges bench of the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat noted, “Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. We will have to start looking for Amicus Curiae, who we don’t know in future.”
The Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the critical situation arising due to shortage in supply of oxygen to hospitals in the Capital and also of the shortage of life-saving drugs.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve who has been appointed as a Amicus Curiae in the Matter sought permission from the Court to recuse himself from the proceedings stating, “It is a unprecedented situation, allegations being made that I have been appointed as Amicus Curae as I know CJI and have been in the same school.”
Salve further added, “I was there in the hearing yesterday, because Advocate Mahesh Aggarwal told me that the Solicitor General is going to mention the Vedanta matter. It is a very sad day. We should check the narrative and vocabulary in the court. It is a very personal allegation against me.”
Whereas, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta requested Salve to reconsider his judgment stating, “We should not pay heed to this kind of tactic. Otherwise, it will continue in future.”
Later Yesterday, The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) had opposed the transferring of COVID-related issues from High Courts to the Supreme Court through an Intervention Application in the Suo Motu cognizance taken by the Supreme Court.
To which, Justice L Nageswara Rao said, “Even before the order was passed, there was strong opposition against the order. Have you seen the order Mr Dave? Have you seen the order Mr Vikas Singh? Is it how seniors say, Mr Dushyant Dave, without seeing the orders?
Justice Ravindra Bhat added, “We never stalled the High Courts from proceedings. We have never mentioned a word in the proceedings against the High Courts.”
However, Mehta sought time to file reply while stating, “Today, my Lordship is retiring. I believe that Milord deserves a very loving farewell. Senior Advocates, don’t give statements on perception. Lawyers should go by the orders.”
Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appearing for the Supreme Court Bar Association submitted, “We in Delhi have two hours of oxygen. I’m only praying your Lordship should look into interstate movement.”
To which The Chief Justice said, “That is exactly what our intentions are. We are adjourning it to Tuesday.”
SG Mehta said, “I have asked for adjournment because I want My Lordship to have a decent farewell, not this abusive one.”
The bench adjourned the matter for Tuesday while allowing Senior Advocate Harish Salve to recuse along with Anuraddha Datt.