New Delhi: A Supreme Court Judge Sudha Misra on Friday recused herself from hearing the bail plea of former Jharkhand Minister Enos Ekka, who was arrested in 2009 in connection with a disproportionate assets case.

The former Minister has filed his petition in the Apex Court after Jharkhand High Court had on February 4 rejected his bail plea.

A bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra declined to hear the petition filed by Ekka and said that the matter be listed before another bench.

As soon as senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi stood up to argue the case on behalf of Ekka, Justice Misra expressed her reservation in hearing the case and recused herself.

Ekka, who had been ministers in the erstwhile BJP-led NDA government and Madhu Koda-led coalition, was arrested in 2009 after a social activist filed a PIL accusing him of amassing wealth more than their known source of income during his ministerial terms between 2005 and 2008.

JPN/Bureau