Judges’ row: Bar Council says matter has been resolved

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New Delhi: Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar along with other judges addresses a press conference at Supreme Court lawns, New Delhi, Jan 12, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar along with other judges addresses a press conference at Supreme Court lawns, New Delhi, Jan 12, 2018.
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The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Monday said the crisis, which had erupted after four top Supreme Court judges came out openly against allocation of cases by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, has been resolved internally and the “story is over now”.

BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, who led a seven-member delegation and held hectic parleys with 15 judges including the CJI on Sunday, said the controversial issues flagged by the four revolting judges were “internal issues of the family” and have been resolved internally.

“We met around 15 judges yesterday and all of them said that BCI has done a very good job and this mediation was required. They have now resolved the issue…BCI has been successful in its effort. No outside interference was required in the matter and even we will not impose any condition on them and they themselves would solve their differences over a cup of tea,” Mishra told reporters.

The Bar Council also cautioned political parties and their leaders not to take undue mileage from the controversy.

At a press conference on January 12, four senior-most judges – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph – had flagged some issues, including assigning of cases in the apex court and judicial appointments, and said there were certain problems afflicting the country’s highest court.

“Everything will be sorted out and they have resolved whatever issues are there. We are expecting that everything will be settled and they will evolve an in-house mechanism,” Mishra explained.

Responding to a question whether an investigation should be ordered on allegations of the senior most judges, Mishra said the Bar body was not concerned with this and there is no question of any probe.

(With inputs from agencies)