India Democracy At Stake, Things Not In Order: 4 Supreme Court Judges

17:55  12 january  2018
17:55  12 january  2018 Source:   ndtv.com

4 Supreme Court judges attack Chief Justice Dipak Misra in unprecedented press conference

  4 Supreme Court judges attack Chief Justice Dipak Misra in unprecedented press conference 4 Supreme Court judges attack Chief Justice Dipak Misra in unprecedented press conferenceIn an unprecedented move, at least four sitting Supreme Court judges addressed a press conference in New Delhi today on judicial corruption and appointments. Justice J Chelameswar along with three other senior-most judges of the Supreme Court - Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan Lokur - will hold the press conference at the former's official residence, 4 Tughlak Road in the national capital.

Unless this institution is preserved, “ democracy will not survive in this country,” the four judges said. Justice J Chelameswar, said “sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months”.

In an unprecedented move, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court on Friday called a press conference and said the situation in the top court was “ not in order ” and many “less than desirable” things have taken place.

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Democracy in India is at stake, said four senior Supreme Court judges today as they went public with complaints against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.

In an unprecedented press conference - the four judges, who are the senior most after the Chief Justice - said that "things are not in order" with what they described as "the administration of the Supreme Court". They said that repeated attempts to alert the Chief Justice to their concerns - including a meeting with him this morning - failed to make any progress which is why they decided to voice their complaints publicly. An independent judiciary is essential for a functioning democracy, they said. When asked if they believe the Chief Justice should be impeached, they said, "Let the nation decide."

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Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar along with justice Ranjan Gogoi Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph at the press conference in New Delhi. "And all four of us are convinced that democracy is at stake and many things have happened in recent past," he said.

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The press conference was held at the home of J Chelameswar, who is the most senior judge after the Chief Justice. "We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing the Chief Justice to take steps to protect the institution," he said.

The judges (the others who addressed the media were Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph) released a letter they had written to Chief Justice Misra a couple of months ago.

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In December, Justice Chelameswar clashed with the Chief Justice over a case he was hearing. The Chief Justice re-allocated the case; four other judges agreed with him in declaring that he alone is the "master of the roster" which means he has the sole authority to decide who hears what case.

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New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court today called a press conference and said the situation in the top court was " not in order " and many "And all four of us are convinced that democracy is at stake and many things have happened in recent past," he said.

The letter given to the Chief Justice refers to "master of roster" and says he is "first among equals, nothing more, nothing less".

The case that was reallocated involved alleged corruption within the judiciary. At that time, some lawyers said that the Chief Justice should not have transferred the case to a bench that includes him because he was hearing a linked matter.

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In an unprecedented press conference - the four judges, who are the senior most after the Chief Justice - said that "things are not in order" with what they described as "the administration of the Supreme Court". They said that repeated attempts to alert the Chief Justice to their concerns - including a meeting with him this morning - failed to make any progress which is why they decided to voice their complaints publicly. An independent judiciary is essential for a functioning democracy, they said. When asked if they believe the Chief Justice should be impeached, they said, "Let the nation decide."

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The press conference was held at the home of J Chelameswar, who is the most senior judge after the Chief Justice. "We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing the Chief Justice to take steps to protect the institution," he said.

The judges (the others who addressed the media were Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph) released a letter they had written to Chief Justice Misra a couple of months ago.

In December, Justice Chelameswar clashed with the Chief Justice over a case he was hearing. The Chief Justice re-allocated the case; four other judges agreed with him in declaring that he alone is the "master of the roster" which means he has the sole authority to decide who hears what case.

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Warning that democracy is at stake , four senior judges of the Supreme Court today mounted a virtual revolt against the country's chief justice, raising questions He said all the four judges "failed to persuade CJI that certain things are not in order and therefore you should take remedial measures.

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The letter given to the Chief Justice refers to "master of roster" and says he is "first among equals, nothing more, nothing less".

The case that was reallocated involved alleged corruption within the judiciary. At that time, some lawyers said that the Chief Justice should not have transferred the case to a bench that includes him because he was hearing a linked matter.

The Chief Justice refused to ban the press from reporting on the case; his supporters said that exemplified his commitment to transparency and fairness.

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