Indian Supreme Court judges say administration in apex body not in order

Supreme Court judges J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi speak at a press conference

Supreme Court judges J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi speak at a press conference

The four judges met the Chief Justice of India earlier today and took the decision to air their grievances in public after they felt they had no other choice left.

Senior advocate and Congress leader Salman Khurshid on 12 January expressed his "sadness" on the statements made by the four Supreme Court judges and said he could feel their agony that compelled them to address the media.

"This is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation, more particularly this nation, and an extraordinary event in the institution of judiciary". They said the Supreme Court is "not in order" and alleged senior judges were not being properly allocated matters. "We tried to collectively persuade the chief justice that certain things are not in order, therefore he should take remedial measures". We are not running politics here and we are nobody to impeach the Chief Justice of India: Justice Chelameswar 5.

Justice Gogoi said they were "discharging debt to the nation that has got us here". "Beyond this, we don't think there is any other issue that we need to address", Justice Gogoi said. "That is what we believe and many more things happened". 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.

The collegium has also approved the elevation of six judges as chief justices of high courts. We are sorry to say that off late the twin rules mentioned above have not been strictly adhered to.

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However, former judge RS Sodhi called the dissent against the CJI as "immature and childish" behaviour by the four judges.

Justice Chelameswar, however, clarified that they are not politicising the issue. "Now when these four have raised these issues, then the Prime Minister should intervene in the matter as the head of the governance", he added. This denied him the chance to be chief justice of India.

"For survival of a democracy, it is said... the hallmark of a democracy is independent and impartial judges". It is immature & childish behaviour. He even asked for the impeachment of all four judges, saying,"they have no business to sit there and deliver verdicts anymore".

"We have heard a lot of wise men talking about". This trade unionism is wrong.

"Looking at its own flaws is the first step to correcting an institution, to deepening true constitutional democracy", said Karuna Nundy, a Supreme Court lawyer.

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