The Supreme Court Monday asked the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court to provide a panel of names of about five trial court judges of high caliber and absolute integrity to replace Bharat Prasahar who has been conducting trials in coal scan cases since 2014.
The Top Court received a letter from the Delhi High Court’s Registrar General seeking permission to nominate/post another suitable presiding judicial officer as special judge in place of Parashar in the matter which is pending for about six years when the law contemplates the disposal of the such matters in two years which may be extended upto 4 times by periods of six months each.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian observed that Mr. Bharat Parashar who has acted as a Special Judge (PC Act), (CBI)-07, Patiala House Court, New Delhi, needs to be replaced, as he has now completed more than 6 years in the same post after having been posted as Special Judge in the above mentioned court since 19.08.2014.
Further the bench stated:
“We accordingly request the Chief Justice, Delhi High Court to give us a panel of names of about five judges of a high caliber and absolute integrity to enable us to suggest an appropriate replacement for Bharat Parashar, Special Judge.”