First time in Indian History: Supreme Court judges addressed the media against the CJI

  • First time in Indian History: Supreme Court judges addressed the media against the CJI
13-01-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Four senior Judges of the Supreme Court on Friday went public with their grievances against Chief Justice of India (CJI), Dipak Misra, saying things were not right the way India’s top court was functioning. Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in an unprecedented press conference, said repeated attempts to alert the CJI to their concerns- including a meeting with him on Friday morning had failed to make any progress which is why they decided to voice their complaints publicly.

The four Judges felt that if steps were not taken against this malfeasance of the Supreme Court, the democracy of the country will suffer. They gave no specific details at the hastily arranged press conference.

But in a letter released to the media, which was earlier sent to the CJI, they said the criticisms related to an alleged lack of transparency in the selection of judges to try cases, calling it a cause for “serious concern”.“The administration of the SC is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months,” Justice Jasti Chelameswar, one of the four judges, told reporters. “Democracy will not survive if judiciary is not impartial,” he added.

In the letter to Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, the four judges said they would not divulge details of their concerns to avoid embarrassing the institution. The judges said they’re opening up as they should not be accused of silence.

Tags : History of India Supreme Court Supreme Court judges CJI Dpak Mishra


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