Sources said some of the judges are holding informal parleys in a bid to resolve the crisis in the wake of the virtual revolt by the four judges against Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The discussion centred on the changes they wanted to the roster for allocation and some possible porposals.
The proposal, expected to be handed over to the CJI Thursday, deals with formalising a “rational, orderly and transparent system” to allocate cases to different benches of the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, the four judges felt that CJI Dipak Misra had made “no offer to do something on the substantive issues raised in the letter”.
Last Friday, Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph called a press conference to question the conduct of the CJI, especially on allocation of cases.
Supreme Court crisis: Attorney General KK Venugopal, had earlier today expressed doubts over whether the crisis has been completely resolved and hoped it would soon be “fully settled”. Speaking to PTI, Venugopal had said: “Yes, I think it has not been settled. Let’s hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days.”
Last Friday, the four senior judges, who held a press conference, said they had raised the question of allocation of the Loya matter with the CJI when they met him that morning.
Prashant Bhushan is back with a new complaint against the CJI in the same case and has sent copies of it to the four “rebel” judges, Justices J Chelameswar, R Gogoi, K Joseph and M B Lokur.
The Indian Express has learnt that the CJI is not considering the suggestion of convening a full court of all judges of the Supreme Court, and has also not notified any meeting of the collegium so far.
Raising the issue of assignment of cases, the judges had said that unless the institution (Supreme Court) is preserved, “democracy will not survive in this country”.
Supreme Court crisis: One of the key points raised by the Justices was the “selective” allocation of cases by the CJI. Calling out the impropriety of the rostering by the Chief Justice didn’t amount to going on a strike, the sources said.
The former judges suggested that all “sensitive and important cases” should be dealt with by the Constitution bench of five senior-most judges until issues regarding allocation of benches are resolved
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Justice Joseph said, “Issue was raised, nation has listened. Such issues won’t happen in future… I think the issue is settled now.”