Senior SC Judges take on CJI, say democracy is at stake

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L to R: Justice Kurien Joseph, Justice Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur, all Supreme Court Judges, addressing the media in New Delhi.

New Delhi, January 12: Four senior Supreme Court Judges addressed the media to place before the country their worries, which, according to them, failed to move the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The rare press meet by Justices J Chelameshwar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, was a first in the history of India and SC.

The SC judges appealed to the country to save their establishment if the people of India wanted democracy to survive.

Assignment of Judge Loya case is seen as reason behind the historic press conference by the top 4 judges.  Justice Chelameswar, senior most lawyer in SC, stated his concern over the corrosion and compromise taking place within the establishment of the judiciary and also within the portals of the SC.

Justice Chelameswar said that they had met CJI with an explicit request which regrettably couldn’t convince him that they were right therefore, they were left with no option except to speak the nation that please take care of the establishment.

Countering reports of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra holding a press conference on 12th January, 2018, after four senior SC judges took on the CJI in an extraordinary Press Conference, the Bar and Bench reported that the CJI is hearing cases as usual in the court.

ANI reported that the Attorney General KK Venugopal met CJI Misra over the accusations made by the 4 senior SC judges.

Letter sent by four judges to Chief Justice Dipak Mishra.

Sources: The Hindu, The Economic Times

Meetings of the Collegium should be recorded: Justice Chelameswar

A senior Supreme court judge and a member of the collegium has written a letter to the the Chief Justice of India (CJI), T.S Thakur. Justice Chelameswar has sought that the Supreme court collegium record the minutes of the meetings pertaining to transfer and appointment of judges. The collegium consists of the five senior most judges of the Supreme court.

According to The Indian Express, Justice Chelameswar has clarified that the recommendations being made by the other four judges, including the CJI should come to him by circulations. By this demand, he has questioned the lack of transparency and decision making process, involved in the transfer and appointment of judges.

Justice Chelameswar was the only one amongst the five judges who favored the doing away with the collegium system when the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act (NJAC) was struck down in 2015.

The contents of the letter have not been made public till now. However, it led to a meeting being scheduled for the upcoming Wednesday.

Source: The Indian Express

Ex-Chief Justice of India appointed Kerala Governor

New Delhi: In a controversial decision, a former Chief Justice of India, P. Sathasivam has been appointed as the Governor to the state of Kerala after former Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, stepped down recently.

All the governors who were appointed during the UPA regime were being sacked, or transferred by the newly elected Narendra Modi government. This led to eight governors resigning from their post so far.

The decision, however, has not gone down well with many, especially among the members of Bar association and Congress party. For the first time in the history of this country, a non-political individual has been appointed as the Governor of a state. Besides, it is usually expected that a Judge refrain observe a ‘quarantine period’ during which he does not take up any responsibilities except for that of Judicial Inquiry Commission.

The Congress party members while protesting his appointment, are of the opinion that Justice Sathasivam was given such a plum post owing to his involvement in acquitting Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. “Why was he made? This raises a question if he has done some work, for which they are pleased. Prime Minister Modi is pleased, Amit Shah is pleased and that is why he is being honoured?,” questioned Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma.

The 65-year-old who retired in April this year, will be appointed governor ‘with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office’ informed a communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan

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