India: Supreme Court judges show dissent

BY APD NEWSJan 13,2018 at 16:32

By APD writer Rishika Chauhan

NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (APD)- In an unprecedented event, four Supreme Court judges held a press conference to show their disagreement with the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.

Justices Kurian Joseph, Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur at a press conference | APD Photo

Justices Kurian Joseph, Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur at a press conference | APD Photo

The four judges were unhappy about the way the Chief Justice was, allocating cases to other judges.

It is the first time in the history of independent India that sitting judges from the Supreme Court have openly spoken against a Chief Justice.

Three of the four judges, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph, will be retiring by the end of the year. However, Justice Ranjan Gogoi is believed to be the next Chief Justice of India, which makes the public dissent more serious.

Speaking to the media, the four judges said that the decisions of the Chief Justice are “undermining the sanctity of well-established judicial conventions.”

While some are criticizing the judges for coming out and speaking against an acting chief justice, many are supporting the four judges for doing so.

Indira Jaising, who is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court, appreciated the judges, saying, “It will be significantly beneficial for the judiciary’s institutional integrity, as well as that of the country.”

“The very fact that four senior-most judges have come out in the public is akin to a full bench of the Supreme Court openly stating that something is rotten in the system and urgent remedial measures needed to be taken,” she said.

According to the Constitution of India, judiciary, legislature and executive, are three pillars that uphold India’s democracy and the three should work efficiently yet independently.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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