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"The HC says municipal areas in the Supreme Court order means only areas in Punjab, and not in Chennai".

The petition was seen to have divided members of the top court last week, when a constitutional bench passed a ruling saying only the chief justice was authorised to assign cases - overturning a fellow judge's order that would have sent the petition to a 5-judge bench. "No FIR can be lodged against a judge by judicial order", the Supreme Court said.

"One of the three Judges hearing the case dealt with the matter, so he can't hear the case", Shanti Bhushan said. "Case didn't mention any judge nor it could as per law. If our order applies for municipal areas in Chandigarh, it will apply equally for municipal areas across the country", the bench said and posted the matter after two weeks for hearing.

A Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had ordered on November 9 that the plea should be heard by a five-judge Constitution Bench of the senior-most judges of the apex court.

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"Agreeing with the oral order passed by the Constitution Bench headed by the CJI that there can not be any kind of command directing the CJI to constitute a Bench", Nariman said: "It is an accurate summing up of the true legal position".

Justice Arun Misra, the judge who authored the verdict, said no judge was mentioned in the FIR filed by CBI against the UP organisation - Prasad Educational Trust. The bench repeatedly warned Prashant Bhushan and other arguing counsel for committing gross contempt of court by making scurrilous allegations against CJI without a shred of evidence.

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the response of the Centre and others on a plea seeking to save endangered tigers whose numbers are dwindling across the country.

The petition had claimed that allegations of bribery were levelled for securing settlement of cases relating to medical colleges in which a retired Orissa High Court judge, Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, is also an accused.

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