India Bar Council Team To Meet Chief Justice of India Today To Mend Rift: 10 Points

12:00  14 january  2018
12:00  14 january  2018 Source:   NDTV

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, 4 dissenting judges met this morning, discussed all issues

  Chief Justice Dipak Misra, 4 dissenting judges met this morning, discussed all issues Chief Justice Dipak Misra, 4 dissenting judges met this morning, discussed all issuesWATCH (Video provided by Times of India)

In a bid to resolve the Supreme Court rift , the Bar Council of India panel is likely to meet the Chief Justice of India later in the evening today . The development comes a day after the Bar Council formed a 7-member panel that will attempt to mend the differences between the senior Supreme

Once they complete this round, the council would seek to meet the five senior-most judges -- the four senior-most judges and the Chief Justice of India . "We want the rift to be resolved peacefully", the council chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said.

A team from the Bar Council of India - the regulatory body of lawyers - will meet Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra at 7:30 this evening as it attempts to broker peace between him and the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court who took him on in public on Friday. The seven-member panel will also meet other judges of the top court through the day to seek their opinion on resolving the unprecedented crisis that has hit the judiciary.

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New Delhi: 

  1. On Friday, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, in a hurriedly-called press conference, declared that the administration of the Supreme Court "is not in order". The judges said they were making their disagreement with the Chief Justice public after private talks failed to address what they said were serious problems with the running of the Supreme Court.
  2. The news conference, the first of its kind, sent shock waves as it blew the lid off a widening rift within the highest seat of judiciary in the country. "The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country," Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, said on the lawns of his home.   Bar Council Team To Meet Chief Justice of India Today To Mend Rift: 10 Points © AP
  3. On Saturday, the Bar Council of India expressed its strong disapproval of judges going public with their complaints, saying it had "shaken up the system" and the matter should be resolved "peacefully and quickly".
  4. "We just don't want the dirty linen to be washed in public... Going to the cameras will weaken our system," Manan Kumar Mishra, chairman of the Bar Council of India told NDTV. Also read on MSN: Govt shouldn’t interfere, CJI should resolve, say former CJIs
  5. On Saturday, Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four 'rebel' judges, underscored that there was "no need for outside intervention" to resolve a matter that "occurred within an institution".
  6. He said there was no constitutional lapse on the part of the Chief Justice, but said that convention, practice and procedure has to be followed while carrying out his responsibility.
  7. "There is no crisis," Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who was part of Friday's press conference,  told news agency PTI in Kolkata, when asked about the way forward to resolve the crisis in the top court. Also read on MSN: Letter 4 SC judges wrote to CJI
  8. The government has steered clear of the controversy, insisting that it was a matter for the judiciary to resolve internally. On Saturday, the Congress was quick to call out Prime Minister Narendra Modi when his top aide, Principal Secrtary Nripendra Misra was spotted outside the Chief Justice's home. But Mr Misra said the visit was a personal one and he had not managed to meet the Chief Justice.
  9. In a letter released to the media at the press conference on Friday, the four judges had said that the criticisms related to an alleged lack of transparency in the selection of judges to try cases, calling it a cause for "serious concern". Also read on MSN: Profiles of all the 4 judges
  10. The Supreme Court Bar Association, a representative body of lawyers, has, however, asked the Chief Justice to call a full-court meeting of all judges to discuss the issues raised by the four judges. It also backed the four judges on the point that public interest litigations (PILs) should only be heard by the five senior-most judges.

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Democracy At Stake, Things Not In Order: 4 Supreme Court Judges .
Democracy At Stake, Things Not In Order: 4 Supreme Court JudgesIn an unprecedented press conference - the four judges, who are the senior most after the Chief Justice - said that "things are not in order" with what they described as "the administration of the Supreme Court". They said that repeated attempts to alert the Chief Justice to their concerns - including a meeting with him this morning - failed to make any progress which is why they decided to voice their complaints publicly. An independent judiciary is essential for a functioning democracy, they said. When asked if they believe the Chief Justice should be impeached, they said, "Let the nation decide.


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