Judges’ row: CJI reaches out to the dissenting judges

RSTV Bureau
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.
PTI

In a bid to resolve their differences, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday met the four senior most judges of the Supreme Court who had accused him of not allocating cases of sensitive nature in a proper manner.

The Chief Justice met the four judges – Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph – for about 15 minutes before beginning the day’s work.

CJI Dipak Misra’s move comes days after four senior-most judges of the apex court held a press conference on January 12, to express their unhappiness with the functioning of the Supreme Court.

“Four of us met the Chief Justice of India…and raised issues affecting the institution….The situation in Supreme Court is not in order and many things have happened in recent past…Unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country,” Justice Chelameswar had said.

On Monday, the Bar Council of India had said that the matter had been internally resolved. But a day later, Attorney General K K Venugopal told PTI “I think it (crisis) has not been settled. Lets hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days.”

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Vikas Singh also exuded confidence that there was a likelihood of the crisis being resolved by the end of this week.

(With inputs from agencies)