SC judges’ revolt: Bar council says CJI Dipak Misra assured crisis will be sorted out soon

Listing a litany of problems, the four judges said there were certain issues plaguing the country's highest court and alleged that cases having far-reaching consequences for the nation had been assigned by the CJI selectively to benches ‘of their preference’.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2018 11:56 pm
Supreme Court crisis, Bar council of india, dipak misra, cji dipak misra, Chelameswar, judge loya, indian judiciary, indian express Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal/Files)

Amid the ongoing rift between the chief justice and four senior-most judges over assignment of cases, a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India (BCI) on Sunday met CJI Dipak Misra, who assured it that the crisis  would be resolved soon.

Following a 50-minute meeting with the CJI, BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, who headed the delegation, said the meeting took place in a congenial atmosphere. “We met the CJI in a congenial atmosphere and he said that everything would be sorted out soon,” he told reporters.

Misra said the panel had also discussed the crisis plaguing the higher judiciary with other judges, including three of the four seniormost judges, who had launched a virtual revolt against Justice Misra at an unprecedented press conference on Friday.

The panel met justices J Chelameswar, M B Lokur, and Kurian Joseph, BCI chairman said, adding that they also assured it that everything would be sorted out. However, Misra did not mention whether the panel had a talk with Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who had gone out of station after Friday’s presser.

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On Friday, the Supreme Court found itself grappling with an unprecedented crisis after four of its most senior judges went public, questioning the conduct of the Chief Justice of India, especially over the allocation of cases. The four judges alleged that cases having far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution had been assigned by the CJI selectively to benches ‘of their preference’. When 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.

Hectic discussions took place among the apex court judges over the course of the day. According to PTI, two SC judges — justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao — met Justice Chelameswar, who had spearheaded the four judges at the unprecedented press conference, at his official residence in New Delhi.

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The panel also held a brief meeting with Justice Arun Mishra, who is hearing a PIL seeking a probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya.

Loya had been dealing with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case and had allegedly died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014.

With PTI inputs

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  1. Sure Sharma
    Jan 15, 2018 at 11:43 am
    all benches of the SC have same power cons utionally - hence no court is superior or inferior . Sr Judges should use their expertise in innovative ways - create solution to reduce delay for common man - make bail easier - give and suggest easy of implementation of laws - suggest amendment in laws misused - use their knowledge for more refined work rather than doing same thing which a judge of lower court also does
    1. Kushal Kumar
      Jan 15, 2018 at 5:50 am
      This Vedic astrology writer’s related predictions in article - “ Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2018” - published last year at theiniapost on 19 October , 2017. Just reproducing : -“ The year 2018 looks to be bringing to focus themes of political , religious or spiritual nature for a heightened or sharp analysis or discussion. Such analysis or discussion could also pave way for new enactments or judicial pronouncements having far reaching significance or value covering issues related to ……….political class”. Here , the words political and spiritual also include judiciary because they exercise sovereign power of State and are required to be ‘spiritual’ in that exercise, which means absolute honesty , integrity and devotion to the Cons ution. So intent of the prediction can be read to cover themes of judiciary
      1. Socrates Santos
        Jan 15, 2018 at 4:35 am
        There definitely appears to be a 'motivation' emnating from the hitherto concealed internal politics of the Supreme Court, that has had the 4 top-ranked judges to form a union and get the bargaining power to weaken the chair of CJI. Tell me about a time in the past 70 years of history of Supreme Court when the hon. CJI himself did not control rosters and allocate benches in cases. Whether he did that in an impartial and transparent manner in all these years, is at best an individual opinion - and cannot be proven either way, in any court of law. So it is a systemic problem and one of those in which a CEO can produce some disgruntled employees. There are 20 other judges in the SC Collegium who have not objected to or formed a union against CJI. Given that all the Collegium members have identical judicial powers, what do these 4 unionized judges have to say about the other 20...or do they want to bully them due to the seniority? What if they come out in support of CJI?
        1. GOOD CAUSES KOL
          Jan 15, 2018 at 12:36 am
          After all - this is a Singular Win for INDIAN JUDICIARY... it has shown to the whole world - we (Indian Judiciary) have Variety, we don't Hide - essential, vital things which Plague our system for quite long - system includes Judiciary, Faith Belief of a common man - on Judiciary, on Government, on Democracy, on Classical Values - which still prompt US (pl read law-abiding, cool-minded Voters, ordinary on the streets - yet powerful in the sense... they become the subject also the predicate of ALL RUNNINGS TO FRO also Mad H-Trading - at a particular time! It (the system we are talking about) is obviously connected to all body parts - to all that Compriseth our daily (collective) life. Gentlemen -pl note : 1) on Jan 11 - we were so elated so charmed to get the news of a learned woman - INDU MALHOTRA ! the whole nation - Saluted her - with respect for her great achievement 2) on Jan 12 - the day Swami Vivekananda was born - like a wildfire - the news came- Press Meet 0f 4 Judges!
          1. GOOD CAUSES KOL
            Jan 15, 2018 at 12:09 am
            Friends - this is my #2 submit on this very sensitive, unprecedented incident - 4 senior-most Supreme Court Judges thought it very fit to declare their 'common mind' to common people - on several grave issues which had been tormenting them. and the issues, it is clear, had been begging of them - for a valve-release-type instant action- leading to the desired paths of address / analyse chain-reaction SOLUTION. After study of related points - I think it fit to point out, for benefit to citizens - the solid positive points, emanating. 1) with the advent of New Year - these 4 wise Judges - have taught us - to do what-best-we-can - under adverse conditions 2) To OPEN UP - To SPEAK UP, To SPEAK OUT - like real Brave Boys - To SOUND 'common citizens' in the hour of calamity (with high Disruption capacity), To Inform Citizens of the impending 'dark clouds' - threatening our civil life 3) a month back - a SC Judge, like a sage, has told us - Free Speech... Sacrament 4) on Birthday of SwamiJi.
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