Don’t want wise men saying 20 years from now that we sold our souls: top four SC judges

Justice Chelameswar said the four judges resorted to a press conference on the matter since they did not want anyone saying that they sold their souls

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2018 5:50 pm
Justice Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph at the press conference. (Express Photo/Abhinav Saha)

In a first, four top judges of the Supreme Court — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph — addressed the media on Friday to declare that “all is not well” with the Supreme Court as they launched a sharp attack on Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for “ignoring the concerns voiced by them”. The judges said they were compelled to take the unprecedented step as they had “no choice” but to communicate the same to the nation. The press conference was held at Justice Chelameswar’s Delhi residence at 4, Tughlak Road.

Underlining they were convinced that democracy will not survive if the institution of judiciary was not protected, they said they have failed to convince Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra about the same.

“All our efforts have failed and we are all convinced that unless this institution is not preserved, democracy can’t be protected in the country,” Justice Chelameswar, who is the second seniormost judge, told the media.

“We met the CJI with a specific request which unfortunately couldn’t convince him that we were right therefore, we were left with no choice except to communicate it to the nation that please take care of the institution,” he said, adding that the four of them were only voicing their personal opinions, and had not discussed it with anyone else.

When asked if he thinks Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra should be impeached, Justice Chelameswar said, “Let the nation decide that.”

Justice Gogoi added, “Nobody is breaking the rank and it is discharge of debt to nation which we have done.”

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Without giving any details, Justice Chelameswar further said: “About a couple of months ago, four of us gave a signed letter to the Chief Justice. We wanted a particular thing to be done in a particular manner. It was done, but in such a way that it raised further questions on the integrity of the institution.”

Full text of letter to CJI: ‘Chief Justice is only the first amongst the equals — nothing more or nothing less’

However, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on being asked if the letter was about CBI Judge BH Loya’s alleged mysterious death case, said: “yes.”

On why they chose to hold a press conference, Justice Chelameswar said: “There are many wise men saying many wise things in this country. We don’t want wise men saying 20 years from now that Justice Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Kurian Joseph sold their souls and didn’t do the right thing by our Constitution,” he said while signing off.

Significantly, earlier in the day, the Supreme Court sought response from the Maharashtra government on pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, PTI has reported. Underlining it to be a “serious” issue, the top court also said, “This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte”.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M M Shantanagoudar asked the Maharasthra government to file a reply by January 15.


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  1. Manjusha Bhagade
    Jan 14, 2018 at 7:39 pm
    If We fail to make the ruling class discharge it's cons utional obligations now, we will be left with no wise men to admonish us. What will remain is the rulers and slaves.
    1. prem raj
      Jan 12, 2018 at 11:42 pm
      At least some got courage to stand and talk , kudos!!!
      1. Caza Jaza
        Jan 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm
        Have you seen how all the oaches start coming out runnning from nooks and corners when you spray hit? All the commie and congress installed roaches in the judiciary came running out as soon as 1984 case and some other importamt ones have been reopened. Their masters are now worried as hell. Now you see how infected the judiciary in India is ? Congratulation to CJI for showing the country the roaches which were hiding as judges. These 4 are the top bosses, there must be 100s of such stooges in judiciary who will get the messgae that they need to work for judicial system and not their left leaning and congress masters!
        1. prem raj
          Jan 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm
          At least some got courage to stand and talk , kudos!!!
        2. Avinash Tiwari
          Jan 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm
          Is This all Judges associated somehow with congress or COMMIES? If yes then Impeach them they are most dangerous sanke
          1. Indian Singh
            Jan 12, 2018 at 7:52 pm
            The COLLEGIUM System of APPOINTING JUDGES is NOT as per the laid down procedure of Indian Const-itution. The system was evolved by SC JUDGES themselves through Supreme Court judgments in the Three Judges Cases (October 28, 1998). Any POWER of APPOINTMENT is invariably susceptible to ALLEGATION of CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM and FAVOURITISM. ................. So the present CRISIS in SENIOR JUDICIAL LEVEL involving JUDGES who are part of the COLLEGIUM for appointing Judges of SC and HC may NOT be FULLY due to "RIGHTFUL INDIGNATION". ...................... All efforts to change the absolute power enjoyed by SC JUDGES to APPOINT HC and SC JUDGES were REJECTED by SC JUDGES THEMSELVES including the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act and the 99th Cons utional Amendment passed by the Indian Parliament.
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