Supreme Court crisis: Unprecedented incident a black day for judiciary, says Delhi Bar Association

The co-ordination committee of All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi asserted CJI Dipak Misra should have kept his house in order and addressed the grievances of the four senior judges

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 14, 2018 6:24 pm
supreme court crisis Four of the Supreme Court’s most senior judges went public against the Chief Justice of India over the allocation of cases on Friday. (File Photo)

Two days after four of the Supreme Court’s most senior judges went public against the Chief Justice of India over the allocation of cases, the Delhi Bar Association called the unprecedented incident a black day for the judiciary. Addressing press conference on the crisis that has gripped the apex court, the Delhi Bar Association said CJI Dipak Misra should have looked into the matter beforehand.

“This was a first of its kind incident and a black day for us. The Chief Justice of India should have looked into the matter beforehand. He should have called a meeting to handle things,” the association said.

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 Delhi Bar Association gave a time limit of 7-10 days to resolve the issue, failing which it would hold discussions with all the Bar Associations of India. “If the matter isn’t resolved in 7-10 days, we will call all the Bar Associations of India, hold discussions with them and take to the streets, if it comes to that, in order to make people aware,” it said.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the co-ordination committee of All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi asserted that the CJI should have kept his house in order and addressed the grievances of the four senior judges. “We resolve that the Chief Justice of India should’ve kept his house in order and the grievances of the four senior judges should have been addressed by the CJI immediately,” the committee said.

Among the sticking points that the judges mentioned was “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.”

The co-ordination panel said the incident got blown out of proportion due to the absence of any legal mechanism to resolve such issues while maintaining that judicial discipline should be upheld at any cost. “We believe this incident occurred in absence of any legal mechanism to resolve such issues. The people of India have big faith in the sacred institution and the said faith shouldn’t be even touched by any act of anyone and judicial discipline should be maintained at any cost,” the All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi panel said.

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  1. Nafisa Fatima
    Jan 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    The rebel judges are questioning the procedure of allotment of cases by the Chief Justice. whether there was any set procedures so far? or is it being raked up only to get media attention for a leftist agenda. The Rebel judges could have gone to the president but they went to media why? because they only wanted a bad perspective of the rightist govt to be presented to the public. the target was BJP govt. not Chief Justice. They are part of lobby like D. Raja Communist politician, Rahul Gandhi and Indira Jaisingh - whose husband Anand Grover's silence was the cause of the Govt.'s 2G case failing in court.
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    1. Nafisa Fatima
      Jan 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm
      During the time of UPA Justice Balakrishnan Chief Justice was supposed to be very close to the ruling party and his family was suspect in corruption cases, where these procedures which are being requested to be implemented now were questioned at that time?
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    2. Chris Powermale
      Jan 14, 2018 at 11:07 pm
      Nothing but the protesting judges stooped to the low of monkey business - cribbing on the sharing of spoils!! These judges merely protested not getting prominent cases rather no any sincere effort to cleanse pollutants of judiciary. Chelameswar had standing grudge of a kin being ignored by collegium. They ensured that once they retire from judiciary political godfathers would be there to bestow spoils of power some other way.
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      1. Kuriakose Varkey Pariarath
        Jan 15, 2018 at 3:51 am
        Chelameswar is from a “lower”caste and that is why the Aryans are against him. He has acted so bold and done great service to the nation.
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      2. Vinod Behari Lal
        Jan 14, 2018 at 8:54 pm
        Two things stand out in this entire sorry episode. One, The revolting judges did not think it fit to go to the President of the Union before the Press Conference. Two, one did not see a single person, from the innumerable persons giving their opinion rather freely, including several legal luminaries, who thought the CJI could be lacking in some ways if the things could come to this pass.
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        1. shankar n
          Jan 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm
          Many indians might privately question the integrity of Justice dipak misra ....
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          1. sridhar rao
            Jan 14, 2018 at 8:23 pm
            Only commit Pigs have problems , others know that the gang of four is commie scamgress brigade_what was Daniel Raja of cpi was doing at chalameshwar residence
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            1. anaadyantaa
              Jan 14, 2018 at 11:07 pm
              Power/fame hungry people, I would like to add. They want to tarnish the ins ution of the supreme court just because they did not get the opportunity of themselves becoming the CJI.
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            2. Sanjay Bhattacharya
              Jan 14, 2018 at 9:26 pm
              Justice Ranjan Gogoi's father was Chief Minister of Assam from Congress. Is it not clear what group he belongs? These people are unable to accept Narendra Modi as PM. Democracy is in real danger because of these people who do not accept the verdict of the voters.
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            3. Prasad Sutar
              Jan 14, 2018 at 7:31 pm
              s: timesofindia diatimes /india/justice-loya-death-family-has-no-suspicions-asks-for-issue-not-to-be-politicized/articleshow/62497669.cms
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