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Turmoil in Supreme Court: Attorney General hints out on early resolution

Turmoil in Supreme Court: Attorney General hints out on early resolution”

Yesterday, four judges of the top court had met the media at the house of Justice J Chelameswar.

The four judges in the order of seniority - Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph - at a Press conference held at 4, Tughlaq Road, the official residence of Justice Chelameswar, unanimously expressed their angst about how the CJI refused to act on their letter expressing these concerns addressed to him nearly two months ago. "So the ones hereby saving Dipak Misra are indirectly exposing his links with the ruling party or RSS", said a judge based in a Delhi court. "We will write a letter to the government for the same, but it is not that big a matter to be brought in public", the Bar Council of India chairman added. "Democracy in danger is not for them to say, we have Parliament, courts, police functioning", said former judge RS Sodhi. "It is with no pleasure that we are compelled to call this press conference".

NE region always manages to be in the limelight, this time, for the judge from the NE who is slated to become the next Chief Justice of India.

In the matter of assignment of cases, the established conventions and traditions of the courts must be followed and the selective assignment of cases must be stopped forthwith, the statement said.

Bar Council of India has taken the lead to ensure that much needed reconciliation takes place soon.

"There was, therefore, no occasion for the bench to make any observation with regard to the finalisation of the MoP or that, that issue can not linger on for an indefinite period", the letter signed by the four judges said.

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The four judges who addressed the press conference on Friday are Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur, besides Justice Chelameswar.

According to the news reported in NDTV, the Judges also alleged about the serious irregularities in the administration and assigning of cases in Supreme Court. Dave was elected as president of Supreme Court bar association later that year. "Judiciary must remain the pillar of democracy".

The CJI had given the order a day after a two-judge bench headed by justice Chelameswar had passed an order that a five-judge bench of senior most judges in the apex court should be set up to consider an independent probe into a corruption case in which bribes were allegedly taken in the name of settling cases pending before Supreme Court judges.

However, Justice Sodhi questioned the move of the top judges approaching the media and asked how they can administer the Supreme Court through press conferences. She maintained that judiciary and media are the pillars of democracy and that interference by the Centre in the workings of judiciary is risky for democracy.

The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the memorandum of procedure (MoP) on appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government. The press meet was held by the seniormost judges of the SC only to show to the people the trust imposed on the judiciary. It needs to be looked into carefully. "Extreme interference of central government with judiciary is unsafe for democracy", she said.

Following the Press conference, the three judges who joined Chelameswar left for the airport as they had to catch separate flights.



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