India's Supreme Court judges warn democracy is in danger
India's Supreme Court judges warn democracy is in danger
13 January, 2018, 06:38
At the same time, the government expected the apex court to settle the issue at the earliest as the faith of the people in the judiciary is at stake, top officials said. "We construe this as a responsibility to the nation and we have done it", said Justice Chelameswar.
But Supreme Court advocate Indira Jaising described the press conference as "historic".
The CPI (M) meanwhile said the integrity and independence of the judiciary, is a vital pillar of the Constitution and non-negotiable.
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Former high court Justice V.G. Palshikar said that they (judges) should have refrained from going public.
"There have been instances where case having far reaching consequences for the Nation and the institution had been assigned by the Chief Justices of the Court selectively to the benches "of their preference" without any rationale basis for such assignment".
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This is not the first time that Chief Justice Misra has courted controversy in the recent past. "We all (four judges) are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and (is allowed to) maintain its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country or any country", Justice Chelameswar added.
Speaking to ANI, Sodhi said, "Issues do not matter, but it is their complaint on administration that matters".
The four judges wrote a letter to the CJI two months ago, explaining their grievances about assigning of important cases to judges junior to them or to selective benches. The judges might have also tried to follow an in-house resolution system that possibly failed, while the judges' who have take this extra measure will have to answer collectively not just to the institution, but also the nation. What exactly does the case say that the four justices speak publicly against the CJI? "This must be guarded against at all costs".
"A greater level of transparency and a more robust set of procedures for the allocation of judges to cases in the Supreme Court would instill a greater confidence among global business leaders", said Edward Simpson, director of the South Asia Institute at the University of London's School of Oriental African Studies. "They need to have a meeting of all the judges and decide how to go about the roster so that the issue of work allotment is resolved. The judges will now have to act in a statesman like manner and ensure that the divisiveness is wholly neutralised and total harmony and mutual understanding will prevail in future", he said. Unfortunately we could not convince him.
Justice Gogoi had said that the matter in dispute was decided without even framing substantial question of law.
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