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Chief Justice to meet revolting judges on Sunday to resolve judicial crisis


New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS): As the crisis triggered by the revolt of four Supreme Court judges lingered, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the rebel judges may meet on Sunday to resolve the problems raked up by them as two of the dissenting judges on Saturday sought to play down the issue.

Three of the four judges, who had attacked the Chief Justice at a press conference here on Friday, were away from the capital and are expected to return on Sunday afternoon. There was no official confirmation about reports that Justice Misra will be meeting with the rebel judges.

But indications were available that a resolution could be worked out from the remarks made by Justices Kurian Joseph and Ranjan Gogoi and Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, the government's highest law officer.

Justice Joseph said in Kochi that there was no constitutional crisis in the apex court and the issues they had raised appeared to have been sorted out.

"We did this for a cause and I think (the) issues appear to have been sorted out. This was not against anyone nor are we having anything personal. It was meant to see that more transparency is there," said Justice Joseph.

He, however, did not elaborate.

Justice Joseph said the issues they had raised in an unprecedented press conference on Friday triggered no constitutional crisis.

"There will be no constitutional crisis and there are only problems in procedures and that will be corrected."

He said the judges had "written everything in the letter" they released on Friday and which they had sent to Justice Misra a couple of months ago.

Asked whether he felt that the judges should not have come out in the open with their grievances against the Chief Justice, he said: "Any problem, everyone can see two sides. Whatever we have to say we have written in the letter."

In reply to a question on why they failed to brief the President of the issues, he said the President is only the appointing authority.

Ranjan Gogoi, who was in Kolkata for a meeting of legal services authorities, also ruled out any crisis hitting the top court. "There is no crisis," he said, but refused to make any further comments.

The Attorney General, meanwhile, expressed the hope that the problems in the top judiciary would be "settled" by Monday.

"Unity among Supreme Court judges will return by Monday. We hope the entire issue will be settled in the larger interest of the institution. Judges are persons of wisdom and statesmanship and experience. We hope they won't allow the issue to escalate," Venugopal said here.

Venugopal on Friday had said the judges could have avoided going public with their complaints against Justice Misra.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) met here on Saturday and unanimously decided that a seven-member delegation of the bar would try to meet majority of Supreme Court judges on Sunday in an attempt to persuade them to resolve the issue at the earliest.

"We are ready to offer our mediation," Manan Misra, BCI President, told the media after the meeting. He said the matter should not be politicised.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra was on Saturday morning seen driving to the residence of the Chief Justice. He was seen sitting inside his official car which returned from the gate of the Chief Justice's residence without entering the premises.

The Congress asked Modi to explain why he sent his aide to Justice Misra's residence.

"As PM's Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra visits CJI's residence at 5, Krishna Menon Marg. (The) PM must answer the reason for sending this special messenger to (the) Chief Justice of India," tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

The revolt by Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur surfaced in a press conference in which they accused the Chief Justice of not strictly adhering to the rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches, which they said could create "doubts" about the integrity of the top court.

Senior BJP leader and former minister Yashwant Sinha said on Saturday said it was "our bounden duty to take note of what the judges have said and raise our voice for corrective action".

Sinha, who finds himself at variance with his party's stand and policies, said fear stopped people from speaking out.

"If four senior judges have gone public then how is it a Supreme Court matter? It is a serious matter. If they say anything to the people of the country, it is our bounded duty to take note of that."

 


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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Lets hope the judges are able to put aside egos and settle the issue

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  • roger, manipal

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    As a common citizen of this country i find it very strange with the present proceedings . Top to bottom what is going on in the courts is a open secret. tip of this incident is Just. Loya case suppose to start on 12th dec.

    world knows its fake encounter(shoharabuddin & his wife Plus Prajapathi ). who did it again open secret. few officers came out with clean chit few months back. Now just to cover up fake encounter Part 2... Justice Loya's suspicious death. the case which was closed, was suppose to start 12th dec Part 3. if the truth comes you know what is the consequences. you spoil a institution & talk big we must save it. how will you give justice to the families of the dead without punishing the Poweful.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    It is said that to cover one lie one has to tell another lie and to cover that other lie another lie has to be told ending up telling lie after lie. Similarly to cover truth about one murder was another murder allegedly committed ? So now to cover that alleged murder who will the next murder victim be ? Really scary.....................

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  • Gabriel, sagar

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Distibutive Justice among the Collegium of judges is the basis of fair Social Justice.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    The statement made by these two judges is complete "u turn" of what they said on Friday.this clearly shows there is no unity among those 4 and some one is playing
    a dirty game .As the reaction of general public is against those 4 now they want to
    re-sending concile with the public.the wordings like "democracy in danger" "let the public decide" "constitutional crisis" all indicates these 4 fools were dictated by some one else as these two slowly dening such situation.
    Some one is using the shoulder of these to fire at CJI

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    First time in 70 Years 😁😁😁

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Yes, first time in seventy years our opposition political parties have stooped to such a low to create problems for Modi government through some Supreme Court judges.

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  • MaNi, Karkala

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Dictating the qualified judges by an unqualified leader

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Criminals are dictating the Judges ......

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  • SUNIL, KAUP

    Sat, Jan 13 2018

    JUDGES NAHIN PM BADLO...... 2014 SE DESH KA DEMOCRACY KA FALOODA BAN RAHA HAI.....

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  • leslie, udupi

    Sat, Jan 13 2018

    I am happy to learn this development...
    Any issue concerning top court has to be sorted out immediately...
    We depend on our learned judges...
    They must be happy for us to be happy...
    Republic of India depends on fair judicial system...
    Without which we are nothing....

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Sat, Jan 13 2018

    Like we import Chinese electronics products due to competitive prices...we can import Chinese judges too....for expediting our pending cases...

    One CJI was crying for pending cases...other is distributing cases to his fellow judges instead of SC Registrar....

    Compared to Executive and Legislature...I think our Judiciary is far worse than other branches...

    Nowhere in the world Judges are selected by fellow judges except in India...since 1996!!!...

    ...JH...

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sat, Jan 13 2018

    @ Acharyare.,

    Chineese Judges ....????

    Yeh., .......mmmmmm you have a point...., b'coz.., aaj kal FEKU hi chal raha hai na..., As we all know that FEKU capital of the universe..,

    On a lighter side..., without prejudice.., however, affter listening to the chaar judges.., it appears there is a Make in Hindustan effect to make Hindustan judges as FEKU one's...,

    jh
    jai hind..,

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  • George Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    If not from Import of Judges from China, definitely from UK, Australia are needed for a speedy justice in India.

    All th else present or recently retired judges are responsible for piling up lacks and lacks pending cases all over India which are languishing from 10 to 30 years and created a situation that many litigants may not get a justice in their life time.

    These ar also responsible for taking up cases on non priority basis like political cases out of turn from other cases, thus depriving the common citizen.

    The recent judgment on singing of national anthem at movie talkeses is an glaring example the waste of courts Vaid time, the court which has ordered singing of national anthem resinds the order within a few week, looks mockery of justice ?

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