Chief justice Dipak Misra meets four senior-most Supreme Court judges

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 20, 2018

The response to this by the CJI would be crucial in the coming days. The dissenting judges demanded that the CJI make a statement to the press that he was setting up a committee of judges to make a system for transparency in the assigning of cases to benches.

This raised doubts whether the judges had recused from hearing the matter. Sources confirmed that nothing concrete had emerged so far.

The rift between Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and the four senior most judges has not ended even as they had their second meeting on Thursday.

During the meeting, the Commission recommended elevation of Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Mansoor Ali Shah to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. A resolution and some administrative changes in the Supreme Court that address the grievances of the four judges are imminent, the sources added.

Lokur and Kurian Joseph had met earlier on January 16.

"Crisis has not yet been resolved", sources close to one of the four judges said. One of the rebel judges walked up to Justice Mishra, expressed regret and pacified him.

Thursday's meeting between the judges lasted for around 20 minutes, from 10 to 10:20 am after which the judges dispersed to their respective courts. They felt they were being sidelined and alleged that the situation in the Supreme Court was not in order, saying many "less than desirable" things had taken place in the past few months.

It is this discretionary power which the four judges have attacked; their claim is that senior judges were being overlooked when it came to hearing sensitive cases.

Later, during the lunch break also, the CJI along with other judges had a chat with them but sources said not much progress has been made and the impasse continues. What turned out to be the flashpoint was the allocation of two petitions seeking a probe into the death of CBI judge B.H. Loya, who had refused to discharge BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, to a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

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