Chief Justice to meet revolting judges on Sunday to resolve judicial crisis
- Author: Megan Austin Jan 14, 2018,
Jan 14, 2018, 0:11
Their decision came after a meeting on the wake of unprecedented press conference by 4 senior Supreme Court judges on Friday, where they questioned the conduct of the CJI and claimed that their efforts in convincing the latter to take steps to protect the institution have gone in vain.
In the letter to Chief Justice Misra, the judges said they would not divulge details of their concerns to avoid embarrassing the institution. While those like Indira Jaising hailed the historic nature of the conference, others have called the conference as something that will "set a bad precedent". Four get together and show the Chief Justice in a poor light. It was supposed to hear the matter on January 23, but the Supreme Court intervened in the matter on Friday and heard a similar petition filed before it, despite objections from lawyers.
SCBA president and senior advocate Vikas Singh said that a resolution for the full court consideration was passed as it is a mechanism in which deliberations by all the judges of the top court takes place in-house and not in the open.
"Congress spokesperson Randeep Sarjwalla said that it was disturbing to note the Judges" pent-up frustrated comments.
Justices Madan B. Lokur, Kurien Joseph, and addressed the press conference on the lawns of Justice Chelameswar's official residence here. The remarks assume significance as the apex court earlier in the day took up for consideration the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh "fake encounter" case.
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Asked what these issues were, he said they included the "allocation of cases by CJI".
Expert generally feel that it's hard to tell whether Friday's events will lead to a stronger Supreme Court or one weakened by a combination of infighting, questionable procedures, and opacity, which the government may use to its purposes. They had on Friday said, "Unless the institution is saved, democracy would be in danger". "Nothing beyond that", Justice Joseph said in Malayam.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) today cautioned the political parties and leaders from taking an "undue advantage" of the situation, following a virtual revolt of four senior Supreme Court judges against the chief justice of India (CJI). "It needs to be looked into carefully", Gandhi had said. Asked if they wanted the CJI to be impeached, the Justice said, "let the nation decide".
"I think, we, the people of India, have a right to know what is going on within the judiciary", Jaising said.
She also said "extreme interference" of the Centre in the functioning of the judiciary was "dangerous" for democracy, but did not elaborate. "Judiciary must remain the pillar of democracy".
Meanwhile, highly placed sources in the government said that since it was an internal matter of the judiciary, the government had no say in it and did not wish to interfere. A system in which judges use secretively the powers vested in them and silence any dissent by brandishing the weapon of contempt of court is never democratic.