Supreme Court Judges who protested 'publicly' against CJI are back at work

16 January, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Mr Mishra also said, there is no need of any action on these four judges as all of them are honest and men of integrity.

Thereafter in an informal chat, the issues raised by the four judges in their press conference last Friday were informally talked over and "resolved". The current strength of the apex court including the CJI is 25. The move has received mixed reactions, but a majority in the legal fraternity felt that this was a matter best resolved within the four walls of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Venugopal told NDTV: "Now everything has been settled". While everyone in a democracy has the right to say that the four judges were wrong in going public, what they are now facing is "mischief", the source said.

Justice Arun Mishra broke down at an informal meeting of judges over tea on Monday morning, according to the people familiar with the matter.

The remarks assume significance as the Supreme Court on Friday took up for consideration the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. It should be noted here that the public places its trust and faith in the institution of the Supreme Court and not individual judges (irrespective of their seniority).

On Sunday, CJI Dipak Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Vikas Singh and had assured them that he "would ensure there was congeniality in the top court at the earliest".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly held consultations with Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad on the issue and is said to have decided not to "interfere" in the Judges' tussle for the time being. Justice Loya's son, Anuj, said he did not have any doubts about the way his father died three years ago.

"It is a sad day for the judicial system", said Congress leader Ashwani Kumar, who is also a senior advocate. Since then, some have said that their tipping point was the decision by the CJI to assign the case regarding judge BH Loya's death to a bench headed by a relatively junior judge. On Monday, when the judges came for the customary tea, the top court staff attending to judges in the lounge were asked to leave.



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