SC judges’ revolt: ‘Wish they hadn’t done this… it will have severe repercussions on judiciary,’ says Soli Sorabjee

In an unprecedented move at a joint news conference, the four judges had pointed out a litany of problems that they said are plaguing the country's highest court and warned they could destroy Indian democracy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2018 4:16 pm
SC judges' revolt: 'Wish they hadn't done this... it will have severe repercussions on judiciary,' says Soli Sorabjee Former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee

In the wake of four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court launching a virtual revolt against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee expressed his dissatisfaction over the development and stated that it would have severe repercussions on the functioning of the judiciary. “I am very upset about this, I wish the 4 SC judges hadn’t done this. This will have severe repercussions on the judiciary,” Sorabjee told a local news channel.

In an unprecedented move at a joint news conference, the four judges had pointed out a litany of problems that they said are plaguing the country’s highest court and warned they could destroy Indian democracy.

Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior judge after the CJI, held the press conference at his residence and he was flanked by Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph. Describing the unscheduled press conference as an “extraordinary event”,  Chelameswar said, “sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months.”

Justice Chelameswar observed that democracy will not survive in the country unless the institution of the judiciary is not preserved. He said all the four judges “failed to persuade CJI that certain things are not in order and therefore you should take remedial measures. Unfortunately, our efforts failed.”

“And all four of us are convinced that democracy is at stake and many things have happened in recent past,” he said, adding that they had met CJI Misra this morning and “raised issues affecting the institution”. When asked about what these issues were, Justice Chelameswar said they included the “allocation of cases by CJI”.

The statement assumes significance as the Supreme Court today took up for consideration the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

Justice Chelameswar said “we owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing CJI to take steps to protect the institution.” “This is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation, more particularly this nation and an extraordinary event in the institution of judiciary … It is with no pleasure that we are compelled to call this press conference. But sometimes adminstration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months,” he said.

With PTI inputs

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jan 16, 2018 at 11:56 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
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    1. Jigsaw Kemerton
      Jan 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm
      This is a systematic way by the Barbarians to weaken and destroy the judiciary. The terrorist party has become intolerant to any kind of criticism that it is trying to take control of every government ins ution. This is how dictatorial regimes evolve. Extremely dangerous times. Those who support the BJP, I hope, will start to see the grave they are recklessly digging for themselves. BJP folks are turning into venal, barbarian beasts for sure.
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      1. vivek gupta
        Jan 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm
        Take bath you will feel better. Who is behind this rebellion ? Is this similar to congress sponsored Dalit campaigns ? These answers will come out soon. Already there are reports of Chelameswar met CPI leader Raja. So truth will come out soon.
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