The decision of four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court to hold a press conference was today termed as unprecedented by the legal fraternity, with some experts termed it as shocking while others said there could have been some compelling reasons for such a move. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy took to Twitter to say, “Watch Judges press conference now— historic”. The Rajya Sabha MP said when such judges come out to do a press conference, it is necessary to take them seriously rather than finding fault.
Subramanian Swamy said the Prime Minister should take the initiative and contact the Chief Justice and the four judges to resolve the whole situation through the process of consultation.
Watch Judges press conference now— historic
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) January 12, 2018
Four senior judges of the Supreme Court on Friday mounted a virtual revolt against the chief justice, listing a litany of problems that they said are afflicting the country’s highest court and warned they could destroy Indian democracy.
The unprecedented move at a joint news conference by the four judges including Justice J Chelameswar, the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, left the judiciary and observers stunned, leaving uncertain how this open dissension in the hallowed institution would be resolved. Justice Chelameswar himself described it as an extraordinary event at the news conference during which he said sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months.
Unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country, Chelameswar said in the unscheduled press conference, in the first of its kind event in independent India.
In a scathing criticism and unvarnished self-reflection of the Supreme Court, Chelameswar, who was accompanied by Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph at the press conference, said they had met Chief Justice Dipak Misra this morning and raised issues affecting the institution.