In an unprecedented event, four senior sitting judges of the Supreme Court on Friday met the media to complain that the administration of the country’s top court was not in order. At a hurriedly called press conference at the residence of Justice J Chelameswar, the No 2 in the apex court hierarchy, they said it was with “no pleasure” that they had been compelled to make public what they were upset with.
“Hallmark of democracy is independent and fair judiciary. We tried to convince Chief Justice that things are not in order. Unfortunately, our attempts failed,” said Justice Chelameswar.
“It is s with no pleasure that we have been compelled to do this, administration of SC is not in order,” he said. “A couple of months back, four of us gave a signed letter to the CJI and we wanted a particular thing to be done in a particular manner. It was done in such a way that it raised further doubt about the integrity of the institution,” he added.
“We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing CJI to take steps to protect the institution,” the judges said.v”It is with no pleasure that we have been compelled to do this, administration of Supreme Court is not in order,” they said.
In response to a question on whether the CJI should be impeached, Justice Chelameshwar said that it was for the nation to decide. Justice Gogoi, who would be succeeding present CJI in October this year, said that, “it’s a discharge of debt to the nation which we have done.” The other judges involved included Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph.
The press conference was called at Justice Chelameswar’s residence here at Tughlaq Road. In response, a special CJI hearing has been scheduled for 2 PM after Justice Dipak Misra also met the Attorney-General KK Venugopal.