Everything settled among Supreme Court judges: AG

Jan 16, 2018, 00:53
Everything settled among Supreme Court judges: AG

The Judges also said that they won't recommend impeachment of the CJI by Parliament and that it was for the people to decide.

Reports in the media claimed that the four judges openly discussed their grievances with the CJI. One of the participating judges almost broke down and Chief Justice Dipak Mishra and Justice J Chelameshwar, who took him on publicly on Friday, came together to comfort him, reported news agency IANS. However, no confirmation was available regarding the development.

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"They have resolved the issue and you can see that the courts are functioning smoothly and they are discharging their duties".

Soon after the press conference ended, the CJI called Attorney General K K Venugopal for a meeting, court sources said. On Sunday, a seven-member delegation from the Bar Council of India (BCI) had met 14 judges of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Misra. "We are thankful to the 4 judges and the CJI that they resolved the matter on their own", says Manan Mishra, chairman of the BCI, reported Hindustan Times.

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On Friday, the four judges - Justices J Chelameswar, Kurian Joseph, Ranjan Gogoi and MB Lokur - said they were unhappy with the allocation of important cases by CJI Dipak Misra. Except for an article in Caravan, no case has been made of foul play in the death of judge Loya. In the presser held by senior SC judges on January 12, the judges including - Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph - said that there was an immediate need to preserve the judiciary in the country if democracy is to be protected.

An office-bearer of the Supreme Court Bar Association said the situation has remained the same and perhaps the resolution passed by the bar body is still under the consideration of the judges. Speaking further, Mishra said that the focus was that no political party is able to utilize this conflict for their own profit, and since this was an internal problem, it should be resolved by talking to the parties.

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The same combination of judges had in 2017 heard various constitution bench matters from October 10, including the power tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government over administrative jurisdiction and a matter relating to passive euthanasia. Noone, but the chief justice of India was questioned for his professional behaviour by the top judges, who are his colleagues but not treated like one.