CBI allowed to file FIR against Justice Shukla of Allahbad HC by CJI

Justice S N Shukla of Allahabad High Court is allowed to be booked by the CBI. The permission to lodge an FIR against him was given by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

A preliminary inquiry has been ordered by Justice Deepak Misra after he received a complaint from the UP Advocate General, Raghavendra Singh, accusing the judge of serious judicial misconduct.

Later, an in-house panel was constituted by the then CJI comprising three High Court Chief Justices to inquire into the allegations.

The panel had found Justice Shukla guilty of giving favors to a private medical college by extending deadline for MBBS admission of students. The order by Justice Shukla was in violation of a Supreme Court order.

Reportedly, Justice Shukla was also asked to resign or take voluntary retirement by the former Chief Justice Dipak Misra. However, Shukla declined following which judicial work was withdrawn from him in 2018.

The CBI had written to the Chief Justice Gogoi seeking permission to investigate Justice Shukla in the case.

A case cannot be filed against a sitting judge without the permission of the Chief Justice of India.

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