Day after, one of four SC judges says: No need for outside intervention

Justice Joseph said, "Issue was raised, nation has listened. Such issues won’t happen in future... I think the issue is settled now."

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: January 14, 2018 8:02 am
Supreme court, justice kurian joseph, kurian joseph, CJI, Cheif justice of India, Dipak Misra, SC judges, Judiciary, SC collegium, Necessary steps would be taken by the institution itself to sort it out,” Justice Joseph said. (Source: Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

A DAY after four of the Supreme Court’s most senior judges went public against the Chief Justice of India, one of them, Justice Kurian Joseph, on Saturday said there “is no need for outside intervention” to resolve the matter, while another, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said there is “no crisis”.

The two judges, along with Justices Jasti Chelameswar and Madan B Lokur, had questioned the conduct of CJI Dipak Misra, especially over allocation of cases, at a press conference on Friday.

“There is no need for outside intervention to solve the matter because it is a matter (that) occurred within an institution.

Necessary steps would be taken by the institution itself to sort it out,” Justice Joseph was quoted as saying in a PTI report from Kochi.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function, he said the matter was not brought to the attention of the President of India because he has no constitutional authority over either the Supreme Court or its judges. “As we realised that the President could not intervene in the issue, we took the issue to the public,” he said.

“An issue has been raised. I think the nation has listened to it. Such issues would not happen in future. I think the issue we have raised is settled now,” he said.

Justice Joseph said they had acted in the interest of the nation. “We stood for justice and judiciary. We acted only to enhance people’s trust in judiciary and to bring in more transparency in the judicial system,” he said, denying charges that they had violated discipline.

“As some of you suggested, it was a step for correction. The issue will end with the correction,” the PTI report quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, a PTI report from Kolkata quoted Justice Gogoi as saying that “there is no crisis”. Justice Gogoi is in line to be the next CJI.

At the press conference on Friday, Justice Chelameswar said they “were left with no choice than to communicate it to the nation” that “less than desirable things have happened” in the Supreme Court in the last few months and “we tried to collectively persuade the Chief Justice that certain things are not in order… he must take remedial measures” but “our efforts failed”.

The four judges, who together with the CJI make the current Supreme Court Collegium — the highest decision-making body of the judiciary, made public a seven-page letter they had written to the CJI about two months ago, pointing out that “certain judicial orders passed by this Court” had “adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system and the independence of the High Courts, besides impacting the administrative functioning of the office of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India”.

The letter mentioned “instances where cases having far reaching consequences for the nation and the institution had been assigned by the Chief Justices of this Court selectively to the benches ‘of their preference’ without any rationale basis for such assignment.”

Justice Chelameswar said they had met the CJI on Friday morning too in regard to listing of a case, but could not convince him. While Justice Chelameswar did not give a specific reply when he was asked about the matter over which they had met the CJI Friday morning, Justice Gogoi said “it is an issue of an assignment of a case which is an issue raised in court”. Asked if it was about the petitions seeking a probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, Justice Gogoi replied in the affirmative.

On Thursday, two petitions were filed in the Supreme Court, seeking a probe into the death of Loya who had been hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Both petitions, mentioned before a bench of CJI Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud Thursday, were marked to the bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M Shantanagoudar.

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  1. DrAsheesh Shah
    Jan 14, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    A successful press conf without active journos and political involvement is not possible shekhargupta officeofRG #CPIM owes an answer to the nation to destablise democracy. and nation. AmitShah narendramodi rammadhavbjp #judgesatwar #judicialcrisis
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    1. DrAsheesh Shah
      Jan 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm
      The 4 Supreme court must know that a legal fight in the court chambers is quite different from an open public tussle.Unlike a legal case,.It does not take much time to figure out who is wrong in a public tug of war despite huge drama and theatrics #judgesatwar #judicialcrisis shekharGupta narendramodi pmoindia
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      1. Shashichandra Desai
        Jan 14, 2018 at 12:47 pm
        It was indeed apparent that Chelameswar was to replace CJI Mishra who would be revoked after public support to the rebels.Unfortunately both public and Bar Association did not sympathise with them and four rebels have been exposed.They should be expelled immediately.
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        1. Sham Vaid
          Jan 14, 2018 at 12:22 pm
          If the judges do not want any outside intervention, why did they go to the press conference. Was it only to put pressure on the CJI? What about the rest of 23 judges of the SC, the "value" of their judgement is same as of these 4 senior judges. There are questions after questions but no answers. In any case, it seems, there is a struggle going on within the judiciary in the SC. As the saying goes: 'All is not well in the state of Denemark'.
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          1. Therealist Open
            Jan 14, 2018 at 11:41 am
            Entire judiciary must be probed by average citizens and everyone must be fired from job without pension.THese anti nationalist pigs have unlimited power over our lives.They have destroyed whatever left of indian society by openly siding with communists-muslims-missionaries and foreign laws.
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            1. Rare Gat
              Jan 15, 2018 at 7:16 pm
              Do you rant anti National even in your sleep?
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