Second SC judge recuses from hearing Thomas Chandy’s plea

A second Supreme Court judge recused from hearing a matter involving former Kerala transport minister Thomas Chandy, facing allegations of land encroachment.

Justice AM Sapre became the second judge to recuse from hearing the matter, a month after Justice AM Khanwilkar, who was a part of the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had recused himself on December 15.

On that day, the matter was assigned to the bench having Justice Khanwilkar as one of the three judges.

After the recusal of Justice Khanwilkar, the matter was listed by the CJI before a bench comprising Justices RK Agarwal and Sapre.

The apex court registry had last month received a letter from a lawyer representing Chandy that it should not be assigned to a bench in which Justice AM Sapre is one of the judges.

However, as the matter came up before him and Justice Agrawal, Justice Sapre preferred to recuse himself from hearing the matter.

(Agencies)

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