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SC Judges Row: CJI Dipak Misra Meets the Judges, Offers Olive Branch

SC Judges Row: CJI Dipak Misra Meets the Judges, Offers Olive Branch

The petition had caused a lot of controversy after four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court had held a press conference and expressed reservations about the functioning of the office of Chief Justice of India particularly regarding allocating cases to different Benches.

In an interview to the news website Quint on Tuesday, justice J. Chelameswar, one of the four judges who led what was seen as a revolt against Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra, said it was a problem for which a solution needed to be found. The four dissenting judges were Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimarao Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

On Tuesday, the two PILs came up before the bench of Justices Mishra and M.M. Santnagouder, and they directed the Maharashtra government to give all documents related to the judge's death to the petitioners. According to official information, the 5-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A K Sikri, Justice A M Khanwilkar, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan, will commence the hearing on a range of crucial matters from January 17.

Judge Loya, who was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

"A source close to the four judges said there have been no attempts so far to resolve the issue raised by the four judges", the newspaper said. He said: "I think it (crisis) has not been settled".

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Justice Gogoi said they were "discharging the debt to the nation that has got us here".

When contacted, the Attorney General conceded that the issues hadn't been resolved between the quartet of Judges and the CJI and hoped the same would happen soon.

In his order passed on 16 January, the bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan Shantanagoudar said, "Let the documents be placed on record within seven days and if it is considered appropriate copies be furnished to petitioners". The bone of contention appears to be about arbitrary listing of politically sensitive and important cases by the CJI to a particular Bench.

The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on the appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government.

The four senior judges went to public on Friday and openly targeted decisions taken by CJI Misra. "It was a storm in a tea cup".


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