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Supreme Court judges' unprecedented media address sends tremors across the country

Supreme Court judges' unprecedented media address sends tremors across the country

In 2015, Justice Chelameswar was the lone dissenter, when he said that the Collegium system must go, for an exclusive authority to appoint judges was not the only means for an independent judiciary. "It is an extraordinary event in the history of this nation, any nation, and certainly in the history of this institution", is how he began, setting the tenor of the press conference. We are faced with an extraordinary situation where the judiciary is being marginalised from within, not from outside. I am sure they (the four judges) are hurt with many things which ought not to have happened. We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation.

Chelameswar, speaking beside his colleagues, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, said they did not want to be accused of not having spoken up for the institution, or of "selling their souls".

"Such departures have already damaged the image of this institution to some extent", the letter said. When at 11 am two other judges abruptly ended proceedings in their courts, a senior official of the Supreme Court rushed into the courtroom of the CJI, who was until then unaware of the impending storm. The remarks assume significance as the Supreme Court today took up for consideration the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

Gogoi was a permanent judge at the Guwahati High Court before he became the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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"We have heard a lot of wise men talking about".

Tulsi further said they have gone to the public and people will reinforce their love and respect for the institution.

"We are sorry to say that, of late, the twin rules mentioned above have not been strictly adhered to. This must be guarded against at all costs", they wrote in the letter.

The Centre on 12 January refused to intervene in the ongoing tussle between Supreme Court judges. "The non-finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure has left almost 40 per cent of the sanctioned posts of the judges vacant, leading to delay in justice delivery".

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The cases referred by CJI to benches are not distributed among the senior judges. However, the government has not taken any stand over the dispute between judges and CJI. There was, therefore, no occasion for the Bench to make any observation with regard to the finalization of the Memorandum of Procedure or that that issue can not linger on for an indefinite period.

Gandhi demanded for an "independent inquiry" into the allegations made by the judges.

Justices J S Khehar, Lokur, Joseph and Adarsh Kumar Goel had declared the NJAC Act unconstitutional while Justice Chelameswar upheld it.

"The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country", Justice Jasti Chelameswar said.

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The four judges said they would not resign and would be back to work on Monday. The four judges had tried to meet the CJI to prevail upon him to take corrective action and not assign cases arbitrarily but in vain. "Unfortunately we could not convince him that we were right".


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