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Jul 25, 2013 at 10:25am IST

CJI Sathasivam criticises orders passed by ex-CJI Altamas Kabir

New Delhi: More trouble seems to be brewing for former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir as the bench headed by current CJI P Sathasivam has criticised the orders passed by Kabir in a key case.

Justice Sathasivam said he does not sit on appeal over orders passed by a coordinate bench. "We do not approve of the manner in which the interim orders came to be passed. We do not sit on appeal over orders passed by a coordinate bench. These orders should not have been passed," he said.

The bench headed by Justice Kabir had granted relief to a construction firm Jaiprakash Associates, by staying the verdicts of lower courts. The verdict meant the company did not have to deposit Rs 100 crore penalty imposed on it for securing licences for a cement plant in Himachal Pradesh by misrepresenting facts.

The penalty was imposed by the Himachal High Court and upheld by a lower bench of the Supreme Court. But the bench headed by Jutice Kabir stayed the order.

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