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.
Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, a former union law minister, appeared along with his son Prashant Bhushan on behalf of Jaiswal. Bhushan had asked CJI Mishra to recuse himself from the case. "Now the question is how to fix the damage?" The damage has already been done. "Everybody is doubting the Supreme Court", he said, expressing concern over the haste with which the petition was pushed. "The whole country is now doubting the credibility of this institution".
"Do baseless accusations against the Chief Justice of India not amount to contempt?" The petition says that the probe may eventually involve the Chief Justice.
"We hope all will work and unite for the welfare of this institution".
Jaiswal's petition was mentioned on November 9 before a two-judge bench headed by Justice Chelameswar for urgent hearing.
The court held that there can not be an FIR against a judge.
Attorney General KK Venugopal argued in his personal capacity.
He said that the second petition ought not to have been filed when the first petition from Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms was listed before another bench for hearing on November 10.
The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's response on a plea that sought a ban on 93 pesticides, which are banned in different countries but are used by Indian agriculturists and thus exposes them to serious diseases.
It had overruled the order of Justice Chelameswar directing a Constitution Bench hearing, saying "if any such order has been passed by any Bench that can not hold the field as that will be running counter to the order passed by the Constitution Bench". If Judges and lawyers do not remember this, a vital institution of the State will get undermined.