Four judges revolt against chief justice of Supreme Court

Four judges revolt against chief justice of Supreme Court

Supporting the four senior judges of the apex court, Rahul Gandhi said that the points brought forward by the judges were extremely important and they should be taken seriously.

Justice Chelameswar said "we owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation".

Immediately after the NDA government came to power in 2014 a controversy erupted when senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium's appointment as a Supreme Court judge was allegedly scuttled. "The people have faith in it; any internal issue of this nature will be resolved by the judiciary itself, without intervention of third party", said government sources.

The court was hearing two separate pleas seeking an independent probe into the death of judge Loya, who presided over the case in connection with the alleged staged encounter of suspected Sohrabuddin.

The judges were annoyed about the "Medical College Admissions Scam" case being sent to court number 7 after a Justice Chelameswar headed bench sent it to a five-judge bench of himself, the CJI and Justices Lokur, Joseph and Gogoi.

Former Delhi High Court Judge Mukul Mudgal vouched for the integrity of the four judges, terming them "really responsible and respected judges" and said there must have been "compelling" reasons for them to come out in the open.

In it they mentioned instances of cases with "far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution" that were selectively assigned by the chief justice without rational "basis for such assignment".

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing the Bombay Lawyers Association, told the bench that the Bombay High Court was seized of the matter and the bench should not hear the plea.

Justice Chelameswar told the media that they were "convinced that unless this institution is protected and maintains its requirements, democracy will not survive in the country or any country".

Arun Mishra was part of both - the constitution bench and the three-judge bench that dismissed the need for a judicial probe into the issue.

In a nutshell, the letter cites Chief Justice Misra's listing of matters of constitutional importance before benches excluding the senior most judges, as the main gripe of the four judges.

Former solicitor general of India N Santosh Hegde said he was "devastated" by their action which has caused "irreparable" damage to the institution.

"The judges' letter to the CJI said, "... "This must be guarded against at all cost".

Justice Ranjan Gogoi, in line to become the next Chief Justice of India (CJI), is known to make bold decisions.

Soon after the Press conference by the judges, Congress took to social media saying "democracy is in danger". The letter also raised the concerns of the judges on allocation of cases. "Unfortunately we could not convince him that we were right". Gogoi, who would be succeeding Misra as CJI in October this year, said that, "it's a discharge of debt to the nation which we have done".

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