CJI meets with protesting senior most judges

CJI meets with protesting senior most judges

CJI meets with protesting senior most judges

Taking a step forward, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday met the four dissenting senior most judges, who went public with their grievances on Friday, saying all was not well in the administration of justice in the Supreme Court.

In the morning, the CJI personally met with Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph in his chamber and discussed the issues raised by them for a brief period of 15 minutes.

The CJI is likely to meet the four judges on Wednesday too, the sources said. It was understood that the CJI was also accompanied with other three judges in his meeting with the four senior judges

This is said to be the first meeting of the CJI with the dissenting judges in an effort to break the ice. The court proceedings started 10 minutes late due to the meeting.

But by the evening, there was an indication that the judge Loya death case might go before another bench. The allocation of the case before a bench presided over by Justice Arun Mishra was objected to by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, one of the four judges, in their press conference. The bench, which heard the Loya case on Tuesday, ordered that the matter should be "put up before appropriate bench".

The four judges have on January 12 raised the issue of "arbitrary" allocation of cases with far-reaching consequences to select benches by the chief justices. They also pointed out the recent handling of the issue relating to Memorandum of Procedure for appointment of judges in the high courts and the Supreme Court.

Earlier, Attorney General K K Venugopal said the crisis was not yet over and it would take another two to three days to settle down. Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh, Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra have also earlier held a series of meetings with the CJI and other apex court judges to resolve the differences that have come out in the open for the first time in the history of the Supreme Court.

None of the five senior most judges has been included in a five judge bench that is going to hear Aadhaar and other matters from Wednesday.