The CJI formed a three-member committee, comprising Chief Justices Indira Banerjee of the Madras High Court and S.K. Agnihotri of the Sikkim High Court and Justice P.K. Jaiswal of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, to examine his conduct. Left with no option, the CJI advised the Allahabad HC chief justice to withdraw judicial work from Justice Shukla with immediate effect, a step which can clear the way for Justice Shukla's removal and for the CBI to register a case against him in connection with the medical admission scam which rocked the judiciary. But as his order instituting the inquiry explicitly stated that "A fair and proper inquiry will reassure the parties that justice will be done to them and the public at large will be confident that the outcome of the inquiry will be just and reasonable", it is believed that this report could be made public or at least shared with other judges of the Supreme Court. Under the procedure, if the panel holds the delinquent judge guilty of misconduct, the CJI will advise the judge concerned to resign or seek voluntary retirement. It is understood that Justice Shukla has refused to step down voluntarily and judicial work was withdrawn from him from January 23.
The case of 32 colleges is included in the in-house inquiry report.
Justice Shukla was under the scanner for allegedly granting permission to a private medical college to admit students despite a ban by the Medical Council of India and Supreme Court orders on the issue. The colleges are were barred by the Union government from admitting students for medical courses for two academic years starting from 2017. The entire controversy triggered a storm after the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) moved the top court seeking a probe by a special investigation team into allegations of corruption which its counsel Prashant Bhushan said could cast its shadows on the top judiciary.
Both justices Chelameswar and Gogoi had attended their respective courts during the day as usual.
As per the new pay scale, the Supreme Court judges will now draw Rs 2.8 lakhs per month while the judges of the high court are entitled to get Rs 2.5 lakhs per month.