SC favours special bench for pleas in Vyapam scam case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday favoured setting up of a special bench to hear bail and other matters relating to the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and granted liberty to an accused to mention it before a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday favoured setting up of a special bench to hear bail and other matters relating to the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and granted liberty to an accused to mention it before a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India.

A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, while declining to hear the anticipatory bail plea of accused Juber Ahmed, granted him the liberty to mention his plea before the bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu.

It said that earlier too, an applicant was granted liberty to move the CJI's bench for mentioning that an appropriate bench be constituted.

This would help in maintaining consistency in judicial orders regarding bail, the bench said.

Earlier, a three-judge bench headed by the CJI had agreed to hear tomorrow the plea of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and three whistle blowers -- Ashish Chaturvedi, Dr Anand Rai and Prashant Pandey -- seeking an apex court-monitored CBI probe into the scam.