Mumbai :  Two benches of the Bombay High Court on Monday recused themselves from two high-profile cases — the Adarsh scam and the murder of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Girish Kulkarni recused itself from hearing a petition filed by scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society challenging the demolition order passed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF).

Justice Kulkarni informed the lawyers that he had appeared for MoEF in some cases earlier when he was a lawyer.

Bombay High Court has recused itself from the Adarsh case earlier too. In August 2012, a division bench consisting of Justices S.A. Bobde and R.G. Ketkar, recused itself from hearing public interest litigation petitions in the Adarsh Housing Society case.

 In the second case on Monday, a bench recused itself from hearing a PIL seeking a probe by National Investigating Agency into the killing of Dr Dabholkar in Pune last year.

“Not before me”, said a bench headed by Justice N H

Patil when the matter came up for hearing. However, the bench did not assign any reason for not hearing the PIL, filed by former scribe Ketan Tirodkar.

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