The Chief Justice of India Rajender Mal Lodha constituted a new bench to hear the Sahara case on 7 May 2014. The new bench comprises of Justice TS Thakur and Justice AK Sikri.
The decision to constitute a new bench was taken following Justice Joginder Singh Khehar recusal from the bench on 6 May 2014 and Justice K S Radhakrishnan due retirement on 15 May 2014. The bench of Justice Khehar and Justice Radhakrishnan was hearing the Sahara case in chit fund scam.
The decision of Justice Khehar to recuse from hearing the case was sent to the SC Registrar Office on 6 May 2014 before being sent to the CJI to accept it. The CJI accepted the decision of Justice Khehar on 7 May 2014 and immediately formed a new bench.
The decision to recuse from hearing the case was taken by Justice Khehar citing the unbearable psychological pressure put on by counsel for Sahara Chief Subrata Roy while seeking his release on bail.
Earlier on 6 May 2014, the bench of Justice Khehar and Justice Radhakrishnan pronounced a 207-page judgment rejecting the plea of Sahara Chief to release him on bail. The court on the same day also dismissed his petition that challenged 4 March 2014 order of sending him to Tihar Jail.
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