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CJI Dipak Misra likely to meet 3 ‘rebel’ judges to break ice, unwell Chelameswar on leave

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".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2018 4:10 pm
CJI, Chief Justice of India, CJI Dipak Misra, Delhi High Court, Delhi High Court Bar Association, CJI felicitated, Supreme Court, CJI bar bench relationship CJI Dipak Misra had agreed to the meeting “so as to not appear intractable”.  (PTI photo)

After failing to make any headway during their brief meeting on Tuesday, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Wednesday is expected to meet the dissenting senior-most judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph. Justice Chelameswar, however, is on leave as he is unwell. Wednesday’s meeting will be the second in as many days.

Following their meeting on Tuesday, sources told The Indian Express that the four dissenting judges were of the view that the Chief Justice Misra has not committed to acting on the issues raised in their letter.

They felt the CJI had made “no offer to do something on the substantive issues raised in the letter”. But another source expressed optimism about the talks slated for Wednesday: “Hopefully, something will turn out at tomorrow’s meeting.”

Three other judges — Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud — facilitated the meeting between the CJI and the four judges, sources said.

CJI Misra, according to the source, agreed to the meeting “so as to not appear intractable” and to “assess the seriousness of intent” of the four judges.

It is not known what issues were discussed in the meeting between the justices.

Last Friday, Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph called a press conference to question the conduct of the CJI, especially on allocation of cases. They also made public the letter they had written to the CJI two months ago.

The senior judges, the source said, appeared concerned that “there was an attempt to paint them in poor light”. They had earlier indicated that the CJI convene a full court to discuss the issues they had raised in the letter they made public last Friday.

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  1. Narendra M. Apte
    Jan 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    (1) Question is this: has the press conference served any good purpose? I wish to make two observations here: (a) public opinion expressed through various media was against the said press conference no one knows objective behind this criticism aired by four judges about. (b) In the past many sensitive cases were allocated to junior judges. 2. I feel that there are many issues related to administration of justice and functioning of lower courts, district courts and High Courts and even the Supreme Court which have not received attention they deserve. 3. Implementation of legal reforms has been underscored at many forums. Delayed reforms would mean ever-increasing number of pending cases in our courts. Not many Supreme Court or High Court Judges have considered implementation of legal and court procedures’ reforms as a matter of top priority. 5. Would it have been more appropriate if, instead of holding a press conference, judges had paid attention to implementation of legal reforms?
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    1. Ranganadha Godavarti
      Jan 17, 2018 at 3:36 pm
      what is the case of these four judges to hear a particular case. As secretary to MP bar council was mentioning let them make it clear why they are so keen on that particular case. As I feel it is the CJI overriding justice Chalameshwar's order which infuriated him and take this unprecedented action without exhausting remedies of approaching the Law Ministry and or President. It reeks of some ulterior motive. Why can a bunch of of SC judges go out on a working day and address the press. Do they not know that they are violating their terms of appointment? should they not be hauled under service conditions and apply "discharge simplicitor" rule.
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      1. Sastry Vemoory
        Jan 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm
        It appears that CJI is hardening in his approach and not keen on settling on the substantive issues. This is what has been feared by the seniormost judges. I am sure that the seniormost judges would have no objection to one or two less senior judges being included in a bench entrusted with serious issues as that would give them the much-needed exposure and experience in dealing with important issues. Their objection may be to cons uting benches exclusively with less senior judges excluding altogether the senior judges. Their grouse appears to be about the suspected or eve n obvious motive of the outcome of the case being as aimed or desired by CJI, which amounts to “fixing” the outcome in advance.
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        1. SRIDHAR IYER
          Jan 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm
          This is stupid. Firstly, the judges did not act in a manner be ing SC judges. Secondly, they should have taken up the issue with the CJI and all other judges and should have met the President who is the appointing authority and Supreme head of our nation. Thirdly, the Judges when it comes to talking about CJI, they say that CJI is first among the equals, repeat first among the EQUALS, but when referring to other judges they say they are JUNIORS! If this is not convenient sdouble standards, then what is!? There are about 24 judges in SC, only four are dissatisfied - means 19 are not dissatisfied? Why none in the media raise these questions with the dissenting four! Any which way you look at it, this is a shame orchestrated by the Judges and fanned by irresponsible media!
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          Shekhar Suman
          Jan 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm
          If Judiciary starts fighting then what will happen to this country. The only part of our cons ution was working properly and now they are also showing their real face. God will save us now...
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          1. MAMUTTY CHOLA
            Jan 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm
            The present crisis is self invented by the parties involved for reasons of ego.When all SC judges are equal and CJI ONE AMONG EQUAL, THEY SHOULD HAVE KEPT THEIR EGOS UNDER CHECK. WHEN PARENTS FIGHT, CHILDREN ARE THE WORST HIT. HOPE SENSE PREVAILS AND THEY DO NOT DISAPPOINT NATION BY BETRAYING THE FAITH REPOSED IN THEM . THEY ARE THE LAST HOPE FOR THE OPPRESSED CRYING FOR JUSTICE.
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