On a day that lawyers’ body, the Bar Council of India, came out and said that all was well among the top Supreme Court lawyers, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra turned down a plea for stern action against the revolting lawyers who hurled accusations at the Chief Justice.
“No, no,” said Chief Justice Dipak Misra, heading a bench which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, when lawyer RP Luthra referred to the January 12 press conference held by four judges on the issue of assignment of cases and sought stern action in the matter.
“The temple of justice cannot be destroyed by a group of people. Please proceed, whether it is contempt. No one should be allowed to destroy the top institution…We will not allow the institution to be destroyed by anti-national people,” Luthra, who had earlier challenged the appointments made to the higher judiciary in the absence of Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), said.
The lawyer did not specify whether he was seeking action against the four judges.
The bench chose not to comment on the submissions and went ahead with the mentioning and other listed cases.
In an unprecedented move, the four top judges, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, had on January 12 convened the press conference and said the situation in the top court was “not in order” and many “less than desirable” things had taken place.
(With inputs from PTI)