Four judges of India's top court criticize its administration

Justice Chelameswar Ranjan Gogoi Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph at the press conference

Justice Chelameswar Ranjan Gogoi Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph at the press conference

At the hurriedly called press conference at the residence of Justice J.Chelameswar, the No.2 in the apex court hierarchy, they said it was with "no pleasure" that they had been compelled to make public what they were upset with.

The particular case was reportedly on the alleged corruption in the judiciary and involved the bribes paid by a medical college in Uttar Pradesh that wanted a government order, which blacklisted the institution, revoked.

In an unprecedented press conference earlier this morning, the four judges said that "things are not in order" at the Supreme Court.

One of the senior judges of the SC, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, said: "Democracy can not survive without free judiciary".

In a virtual revolt against the CJI, the judges said they had approached Justice Misra with a complaint letter but failed to convince him.

Without disclosing what they were upset about, Justice Chelameswar said a lot of things had been written in the media and it was not a political controversy. The CJI himself was supposed to address the media, but later cancelled it. Along with her, the five-judge Collegium has also cleared the name of Justice KM Joseph, the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, for appointment as a judge of Supreme Court.

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A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into Loyas death on December 1, 2014. "Therefore, we placed facts before the nation", Justice Chelameswar said. There is an issue of assignment of a case which is raised in that letter (to the CJI): Justice Gogoi. The letter with the issues will be given to the press at the press conference. Immediately, a Republic reporter rushed to tell Arnab that 4 senior judges are unhappy with the way Chief Justice of India (CJI) is running things.

"Issues don't matter. It is their complaint on the administrative matter".

"We have heard lots of wise men speaking in the country". They are only four, there are 23 others. "It is immature & childish behaviour", said retired Justice R S Sodhi.

Advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma, who appeared for another petitioner, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, said this the mysterious death of a judge needed to be investigated. This trade unionism is wrong.

The four senior judges said, "unless the Supreme Court is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country".

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