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New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday expressed its displeasure over “incorrect information" on the judiciary being spread through media reports while hearing a writ petition challenging Karnataka high court judge K.L. Manjunath’s reported elevation as Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice.

Dismissing the case, chief justice of India R.M. Lodha and justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman called it part of a “misleading campaign" to “defame the judiciary".

“Who told you that his (Manjunath’s) name has been recommended for elevation," judge Lodha asked, refuting reports about the elevation.

The petition, filed by Ram Sankar, a practising lawyer at the apex court, also sought a direction to upload all “collegium proceedings" on the Supreme Court website. It asked for a declaration that the collegium’s decision to elevate justice Manjunath, which Lodha refuted, was non-binding.

“The collegium is ill-equipped" to evaluate and verify “antecedents, personals traits, integrity and credibility of the recommended candidatures", the petition states.

“Don’t shake people’s confidence in judiciary. For God’s sake don’t try to defame judiciary," Lodha said. “After all, judges too come from the same society. But to carry on a campaign just because of allegations against one or two judges is unfair."

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