Issues not personal, but institutional, says Justice Kurian

Justice Joseph, who left for Kerala after the press conference, said he was “hopeful” that the customary Monday meeting of the four judges with the CJI would take place as usual.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2018 2:30 pm
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The issues raised by the four most senior judges of the Supreme Court at an unprecedented press conference Friday were not “personal” but “institutional” and should be resolved, Justice Kurian Joseph told The Indian Express.

“There was nothing personal about it. It was about institutional issues. Since they are institutional issues, it should definitely be resolved soon,” said Justice Joseph, hours after the press conference along with Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan B Lokur.

The four judges also released a seven-page letter they had sent to CJI, raising several issues related to the functioning of the Supreme Court, including the Memorandum of Procedure and allocation of cases to various benches.

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Justice Joseph, who left for Kerala after the press conference, said he was “hopeful” that the customary Monday meeting of the four judges with the CJI would take place as usual.

According to sources, the judges decided to go public to ensure that the issues they raised were not ignored. “There will be measures over the issues they have raised. With the general public becoming aware of the problems in the judiciary, no one can leave them unaddressed. Citizens have come to know about them,” said sources.

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  1. pavan kumar
    Jan 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    It appears from the comments made in this news paper web page that again Social Media Mafia of Fascists is working over time to discredit the Supreme Court Judges who raised serious defects in Supreme Court of India. The issues raised by Judges are preserving Independence, Integrity, Impartiality of Judiciary and safe guarding Democracy in India. If the Supreme Court fails to deliver Justice or does not appear to have rendering Justice because of some pressure and if the benches in Court are selected arbitrarily and if judgements are given which are not Legal or Judicious especially in cases involving powerful people, then ins utions like Supreme Court are made as subservient to people in power. Then India could become just like other failed and rogue countries like Syria, Yemen, Sudan etc. Definitely the people of this country will not allow that to happen, even if some supporters of Hitler and Fascists in this country would like it to happen.
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    1. pavan kumar
      Jan 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm
      It appears from the comments made in this news paper web page that again Social Media Mafia of Fascists is working over time to discredit the Judges who raised serious defects in Supreme Court of India. The issues raised by Judges are preserving Independence of Judiciary and safe guarding Democracy in India. If the benches are selected and if judgements are given which are not Legal or Judicious especially cases involving powerful people, then ins utions like Supreme Court are made as subservient to people in power. Then Indie could become just like failed and rogue country like Syria, Yemen etc. Definitely the people of this country will not allow that even if some supporters of Hitler and Fascists would like it to happen.
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      1. ShivaPrasad Ariga
        Jan 13, 2018 at 11:27 am
        Ins utions are run by persons ..I do not agree with the statement "|Its ins utional and not personal" ..something is hiding behind these narratives.
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        1. Prakash Yadav
          Jan 13, 2018 at 10:49 am
          JUST SEE AN EXAMPLE HOW ONE OF THE four JUDGES HAVE GIVEN JUDGEMENT WHICH REFLECTS THEIR integrity to justice. Award granted as per arbitral provisions of MSMED Act and upheld by two appellant courts below, to ensure delayed payment of 127 months, is set aside in CA 5150/17, allegedly because matter of delayed pymnt ought to have been pursued before the DRT itself from whom the amount was due and not before MSMEDF Council. While passing the impugned order, Honble justice relied on misleading evidence, knowing that it is by perjury, then heavily relied on order in 25/7 which was by re agitation, and re litigation of order dated 12.6.2007, then extensively relied on an order dated 25.3.2009 which was already dismissed on 13.7.2011 in appeal 8/9. then facts that appeal is not from a legal en y in the eyes of law, and is without depositing 75 mandatory deposit, that pe ioner has committed contempt right in face of court itself were totally deliberately ignored to favor the guilty
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          1. Prakash Yadav
            Jan 13, 2018 at 11:13 am
            such judges who knowingly violate principles of human rights, and specific intentions of special enactments to support SMEs as per public policy of India, cannot claim to be working in the interest of justice. They have personal agendas which are contrary to justice. Even in present case they are capable to realize that by going to press, the undeniable result would be tarnishing the image of the supreme court, still they preferred it. They could have very well solved it by pursuing before the president or even the legislature. But they preferred by demeaning the dignity of apex court. It is earnest prayer to all public, press, the president and the members of parliament that such judges are blot to the judiciary and should be removed if dignity of apex court is to be maintained.
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          2. Arun Kumar
            Jan 13, 2018 at 10:12 am
            Everyone knows what is happening in SC. How justice is being delivered,If every thing comes out in public then people will lose faith in SC.No doubt yesterday's Press Conference by four judges in Public had fully damage prestige and respect for our Judiciary.Now everyone thinks that SC is divided house and Public will openly come out and WITHOUT FEAR WILL COMMENT over its future judgments and then no more contempt of Court as their own judges came out against CJI. This will be blessing in disguise.
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