Bar council forms team to bridge rift between SC judges

BJP accuses Congress of politicising'internal affairs of judiciary

BJP accuses Congress of politicising'internal affairs of judiciary

Q: Who addressed the media at this conference?

Chelameshwar said democracy in this country would not survive without an institution as important as the Supreme Court, and a free judiciary. The four judges now termed as "rebel judges" observed that things are not in order in the highest judiciary and in the administration of the Supreme Court such as allocation of cases to suppliant judges without due consultation or consensus with fellow judges merely because the CJI is the master of the roster.

He said the judges had "written everything in the letter" they released on Friday and which they had sent to Justice Misra a couple of months ago. "Somebody had to confront the situation, where the CJI is blatantly misusing his powers, hence the unprecedented step", said SC lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said when such judges come out to do a press conference, it is necessary to take them seriously rather than finding fault.

The CJI had given the order a day after a two-judge bench headed by justice Chelameswar had passed an order that a five-judge bench of senior most judges in the apex court should be set up to consider an independent probe into a corruption case in which bribes were allegedly taken in the name of settling cases pending before Supreme Court judges. "This must be guarded against at all costs", the four judges said on Friday. And why is it being criticised? "It was meant to see that more transparency is there", Justice Joseph was quoted by IANS. However, the CJI ruled that no one can ask him to form any bench.

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Q: What corruption case are we talking about here?

However, they stopped right at that point, thus preventing the decline of their protest into an exercise in mud-slinging.

The rebellion also sprung from the fact that the bench constituted to investigate Judge BH Loya's death was not above suspicion.

Not just that, they didn't even cite any specific case to substantiate the concerns they were raising. At least half of the judges have agreed to a discussion, said Mr Mishra. Loya died in December 2014. Manan appealed to all political parties not to politicise this issue. "It needs to be looked into carefully", Gandhi had said.

Q: What do lawyers/ lawmakers have to say about this conference? "It is with no pleasure that we are compelled to call this press conference". "The delay in disposal of cases is one of the things that is causing concern to people and diminishing their confidence in the system, and Judges going public with their allegations have further dented people's faith in the system", Justice Hegde said. "Also, I feel a sense of agony that the highest court of the land should come under such severe stress that forces judges to address the media". This will have severe repercussions on the judiciary. "Judges have said that there is a threat to democracy and we have to deal with them in a very careful manner", Rahul said while responding to the Judges' comments. However, in a remarkable co-incidence, senior advocate Dushyant Dave pointed out in lucid detail what some of these incidents could be in an article (http://www.livelaw.in/chief-justice-india-law/) published a day before the tumultuous events. It is immature and childish behaviour, " Sodhi said, adding that such "trade unionism" was wrong.

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