No crisis in SC, say dissenting judges

A day after their open opposition to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, two dissenting SC judges, Ranjan Gogi and Kurian Joseph said there is no crisis in the apex court and issues raised by them would be resolved.

Their remarks came as both the Bar Council of India and the Supreme Court Bar Association stepped in to end the stalemate seeking meeting with the dissenting judges as well as the CJI.

Justice Gogoi, who is in line to become the next CJI, said in Kolkata that "there are only problems in procedures and that will be corrected." Asked about the way forward to resolve the crisis, he said, "There is no crisis."

Justice Kurian Joseph said near Kochi: "An issue has come to attention. It will certainly be solved since it has come to the attention." The judges had acted only to "enhance the trust of the people in judiciary and nothing beyond that."

He rejected suggestions that they had violated discipline and expressed the hope that their actions will bring in more transparency in the administration of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Justice J Chelameswar, one of the four dissenting Supreme Court judges, said, "All four of us are together. We have spoken in one voice. We will speak in one voice."

In an unprecedented move, the four senior SC judges led by by Justice Chelameswar had called a press conference on Friday to declare that the situation in the top court was "not in order" and that many "less than desirable" things had taken place. Other judges were Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

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