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