Failed to reportedly reach a consensus on Tuesday, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and the four dissenting judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are scheduled to meet again this afternoon. Sources told The Indian Express that three other judges — Justices A K Sikri, D Y Chandrachud, A M Khanwilkar — took the initiative to bring the CJI and the four judges together for talks. The three judges remained present throughout the meeting, sources further told IE.
Speaking to news agency PTI, some other sources said the meeting went for about 15 minutes before starting the normal work of the day. They too said that some other judges were also present in the meeting and after that, all the four judges went ahead with their listed business.
However, despite the optimism, the crisis in the Supreme Court over complaints against the chief justice is yet far from over. On Tuesday, Attorney General K K Venugopal had expressed hope that the crisis will be settled soon. He said: “I think it (crisis) has not been settled. Let’s hope things will be fully settled within 2-3 days.” While on Monday, he along with Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, had said the crisis has ended and there is no dispute now.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Vikas Singh has also exuded confidence that there was a likelihood of the crisis being resolved by the end of this week.
In another significant meet, CJI Misra had met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India. After the meeting, Singh had said that the crisis would be sorted out soon.
The four Supreme Court Justices took the nation by storm last Friday as called an unprecedented Press Conference and lashed out CJI Dipak Misra. The judges alleged administerial wrongdoings in the top court’s functioning. The judges are the top four in the Supreme Court in hierarchy after CJI Misra. Making a historic move, the judges came out in the open and revealed their disagreements with the Chief Justice.
Making significant remarks, Justice Chelameswar said, “Four of us are convinced, the democracy will not survive. We met CJI this morning, with the specific request but we could not convince him. We had no choice but to communicate to the nation to take care of the institution. We place it before people of the country.”
He added: “There are many wise men saying many wise things in this country. We don’t want wise men saying 20 years from now that Justice Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Kurian Joseph sold their souls and didn’t do the right thing by our constitution.” The judges further wrote a seven page letter to the CJI and made a number of allegations.