Judges vs CJI: Bar Council seeks immediate resolution, forms 7-member delegation

Judges vs CJI: Bar Council seeks immediate resolution, forms 7-member delegation

Judges vs CJI: Bar Council seeks immediate resolution, forms 7-member delegation

The press conference was called at Justice Chelameswar's residence here at Tughlaq Road.

"There's no question of selling their souls". It is learnt that Venugopal advised Misra to show restraint and not respond immediately.

He expressed hope that their actions will bring in more transparency in the administration of the Supreme Court.

These judges were of the view that all seven adjudicators were not present in the Supreme Court premises on November 3, 2007. The integrity and independence of the apex court came under fire in November a year ago during hearings in the controversial Medical Council of India corruption case, which involves allegations of corruption in the higher judiciary. When reporters asked whether it was related to the case of a lower court judge B. Loya, who died in December 2014 while hearing a high-profile trial, one of the four judges said "yes". "Union of India [(2016) 5 SCC 1], it is hard to understand as to how any other bench could have dealt with the matter", the four judges said in their seven-page letter.

In their letter they referred to certain particular cases where cases were delayed for no reasons.

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Significantly, Justice Chelameswar, now the second senior most judge, was the only judge on the Bench who had ruled in favour of the government in the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act case where the court declared the NJAC Act unconstitutional.

The four judges Mr.Chelameswar, Mr.Madan Lokur, Mr.Kurian Joseph and Mr.Ranjan Gogoi, in an unprecedented move holding a press conference levied serious and several charges of acting arbitrarily, discriminating against the judges in allotment of cases under the roaster system and the setting up the Constitutional and other benches. Judge Loya was hearing the case at the time of his mysterious death. There was no immediate official response from the CJI office.

Sitting judges of India's top court, a decorated and powerful establishment, hardly ever interact with media, abiding by an unwritten custom to protect the integrity of their judgments.

Nonetheless, the judges were careful enough not to reveal specifics of their concerns in order to guard the uprightness of the highest seat of the judiciary and its chief. In 2015, the Supreme Court had declared unconstitutional the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) that the parliament had constituted, saying that it violated the independence of the judiciary. "So no, it's not an internal matter for the Hon SC", Abdullah said. Sad. exposition of trouble in Supreme Court. He said institutions like the judiciary survive on the confidence of the people.

The government yesterday made it clear that it was not going to intervene in the issue.

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