The four most senior judges of the Supreme Court, who had on January 12 held an unprecedented press conference and raised the issue of assignment of cases and protested publicly against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Mishra, on Monday attended the court and took up their routine work.
The four judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — took up their respective business on the first working day of the top court after the January 12 presser.
However, there was a delay in the start of the proceedings of the apex court. The court began at 10:39 am, which was nine minutes late as per the scheduled time.
Meanwhile, Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said that the matter has now been resolved.
“We met 15 SC judges and all have assured that issues have been resolved. Political parties should not try and take mileage from the incident,” PTI quoted Mishra as saying.
“All four senior-most judges have resolved the differences and are attending the court. There is no need of any action on these four judges; All of them are honest and men of integrity,” he added.
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The Indian Express has learnt that CJI Dipak Misra has not made any move to reach out to the four judges since their Friday press meeting.
There had been reports that the CJI could hold talks with the four judges who together with him comprise the Collegium, the highest decision-making body of the judiciary. However, sources close to the judges said that till late Sunday evening, there had been no overture in this regard on Justice Misra’s part.
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Yesterday, CJI Dipak Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh and had assured them that the crisis would be sorted out soon and congeniality would prevail.
In the presser, these judges had flagged some problems, including the assigning of cases in the apex court, and said there were certain issues affecting the country’s highest court.
(With PTI inputs)
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